A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of URM speakers giving talks. A commonly cited reason for this is not knowing who to invite. To that end, we’ve begun compiling a list of prominent URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine. We hope that conference organizers can use this list as a resource when inviting speakers. However we hope that organizers use this list conscientiously. There is a well-known, and well-documented, issue of “tokenism”, i.e. the idea that women and underrepresented minority researchers are included to give an appearance of diversity. We would like to stress that a diverse conference is not just about representation of minority speakers but also about creating an environment that is conducive to sharing ideas and collaborating. See our “Best practices” page for tips on how to create an inclusive environment.
Finally, we would like to stress that:
(i) Speakers on our list should be compensated properly for their time.
(ii) We are not the only resource out there! Check out this database for more lists of underrepresented researchers.
(iii) Our list is mainly nomination based (we then reach out to the researchers for their consent to be featured on the list). Please consider nominating yourself or others to be on the list! You can do so here or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES ON USING OUR LIST
1) Please see here for the Speakers List in spreadsheet format (useful for more complicated searches), an explanation of all of the fields (and how to search them), and a list of sorted subfields.
2) Our website saves your previous search for future reference! If you would like to clear your search, press the “Clear” button (next to the “Submit” button).
|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags|
|Biophysics, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Virology||Dr. Elizabeth Villa||University of California - San Diego||Assistant Professor||The Villa group investigates the structure and function of macromolecular complexes in their natural environment, specifically looking at the nuclear periphery.||Lab Website||macromolecules, proteomics, cytoskeleton, nuclear envelope, nucleus|
|Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience||Dr. Clarissa Valdez||The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center||Post-doc||Dr. Valdez investigates the mechanisms of tau aggregation and propagation in iPSC-derived neurons.||Research Page||Alzheimer's Disease, Tau protein, neurodegeneration|
|Equity/Advocacy, Public Health||Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha||Tufts University School of Medicine||Associate Professor||The MOTHER Lab (Maternal Outcomes for Translational Health Equity Research lab investigates health disparities in maternal health, reproductive health and infant mortality.||Faculty Page||social determinants of health, maternal health, infant mortality, HIV, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Christopher Blackwood||NIH - National Institute on Drug Abuse||Post-doc||Dr. Blackwood investigates the neural underpinnings of opioid use disorder with the goal of designing therapeutic interventions.||Google Scholar||substance use, addiction, mental health, stem cells, neurodevelopment, interneurons|
|Earth Sciences||Dr. Christopher Jackson||Imperial College London||Professor||The Basins Research Group (BRG) investigates the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins.||Faculty Page||tectonics, sedimentology, structural geology, geophysics|
|Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy||Dr. Karletta Chief||The University of Arizona||Associate Professor, Extension Specialist||The Chief lab investigates how watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments and human disturbances affect soil hydrology. She also looks at how Indigenous communities will be affected by climate change.||Faculty Page||watershed, hydrology, arid environments, soil, Indigenous, climate change|
|Dermatology, Education/Pedagogy||Dr. Jamie Parker||Fordham University||Adjunct Professor||The Parker group investigates innovative pedagogical approaches to engaging college-aged students in STEM, specifically looking at the role of music and rap battles in education. Dr. Parker also investigates how to regrow hair naturally, improve blood flow within the hypoderm, and repair damaged skin.||music, rap battles, university-level, hair growth, hypoderm|
|Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience||Dr. Caroline Palavicino-Maggio||Harvard Medical School||Post-doc||The Palavicino-Maggio researches the neural circuitry of female aggression.||Aggression, Females, Behavior, Drosophila|
|Cancer Biology, Equity/Advocacy, Health Equity||Dr. Checo J. Rorie||North Carolina A&T State University||Associate Professor, Interim Chair||The Rorie Lab is interested in studying breast cancer health disparities in African American women.||breast cancer, cancer health disparities, cancer|
|Education/Pedagogy, Equity/Advocacy||Dr. Catherine Quinlan||Howard University||Assistant Professor||I research how students learn science/cultural representation in K-12 science curricula/Factors affecting persistence in STEM||Faculty Page||cognition, self-efficacy, learning, underrerpesented minority (URM)|