Speakers List

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 dscnatl@gmail.com.

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!
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Cancer Biology, Equity/Advocacy, Health Equity Dr. Checo J. Rorie Associate Professor, Interim Chair The Rorie Lab is interested in studying breast cancer health disparities in African American women. LinkedIn breast cancer, cancer health disparities, cancer
Education/Pedagogy, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Catherine Quinlan 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)
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Dr. Korie Grayson Post-doc The evaluation of novel nano- and microparticles for therapy in neutrophilic, acute inflammatory disease and cancer. Lab Page nanoparticles, inflammation, cancer
Education/Pedagogy, Equity/Advocacy Dr. Terrell R. Morton Assistant Professor My research focuses on how a racial identity or intersectional race-gender identity informs the decision-making processes and postsecondary STEM engagements of Black students; using this insight to then conceive, propose, and study changes that need to happen to STEM learning environments (cultural, instructional, access, etc.) as a way to center and enhance Black students' identities and STEM experiences. Faculty Page STEM Education, Racial Justice, Critical Race Theory, retention, equity
Education/Pedagogy, Veterinary Medicine Dr. Katherine Fogelberg Director, Associate Professor Asian identities of Asians in non-traditionally viewed STEM careers (science education, veterinary medicine, any science other than human medicine or laboratory science, for example) Faculty Page STEM Education, veterinary medicine
Biophysics, Neuroscience, Physiology Dr. Anel Jaramillo Post-doc Dr. Jaramillo is a post-doc in the Winder Lab where she investigates the physiology underlying anxiety and alcohol use disorders and how it can be harnessed to provide effective pharmacotherapies. ResearchGate substance abuse, alcohol, plasticity, glutamate, striatal cortex, stress, anxiety, behavior, addiction, pharmacology
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Dr. Eno E. Ebong Associate Professor The Ebong Lab investigates how endothelial cell mechanotransduction occurs and its effect on blood vessel dysfunction. Lab Website endothelial glycocalyx, mechanotransduction, vasculopathy, blood flow, cryopreservation, atherosclerosis
Computer and Information Sciences Dr. Leilani Battle Assistant Professor The Battle lab develops interactive data-intensive systems that can aid analysts in performing complex data exploration and analysis by utilizing techniques from human-computer interaction (HCI) and visualization to integrate data processing (databases). Lab Website data management, dataframes, human-computer interaction, data visualization, machine learning
Biomedical Engineering, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology Dr. Deborah Auguste Professor The Auguste lab designs, synthesizes, and evaluates new biomaterials that change the way we deliver drugs and cells. Lab Website cytotoxicity, drug delivery, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics
Neuroscience, Psychology Dr. Jonathan D. Morrow Assistant Professor The Morrow Lab is focused on identifying and manipulating the neurobiology responsible for behavioral differences that predict vulnerability to psychopathology, like addiction and PTSD. Lab Website addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, dual diagnosis, neurobiology, psychopathology, animal models