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|
|Epigenetics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Psychology||Dr. Janitza L. Montalvo-Ortiz||Yale University||Assistant Professor||The Montalvo-Ortiz lab investigates the underlying genetic/epigenetic basis of psychiatric disorders and how traumatic events increase risk for mental disorders.||Faculty Page||trauma, mental illness, psychiatry, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, child abuse, depression|
|Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Computational Chemistry, Energy, Materials Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry||Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes||Florida State University||Assistant Professor||The Mendoza-Cortes lab studies a wide array of topics lying at the intersection of machine learning, condensed matter physics and materials chemistry.||Lab Website||quantum simulations, condensed matter theory, energy, statistical mechanics, big data|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez||Columbia University||Assistant Professor||The Suarez-Jimenez lab uses virtual reality and multimodal MRI to investigate neural signatures of anxiety and PTSD as well as location-specific contextual learning and overgeneralization.||Faculty Page||learning, mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, MRI, Conditioning, virtual reality|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Francisco Sotres-Bayón||Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México||Associate Professor||The Sotres-Bayon lab investigates how the brain uses previous emotional experiences to guide survival decisions in rats.||Faculty Page||motivation, behavior, fear, safety, reward, emotion, prefrontal, amygdala|
|Psychology||Dr. Leah M. Adams||George Mason University||Assistant Professor||Dr. Adams’ research group, the Mental & Physical Health and Behavior (M-PHAB) Laboratory, investigates the psychosocial aspects of adaptation to illness and injury. They also examine how factors operating at various levels (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, structural) affect health risk and promotion among vulnerable populations (including racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, women, and criminal justice system-involved adults).||Faculty Page||HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), chronic pain, chronic illness, disability, injury, adaptation|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Irving E. Vega||Michigan State University||Associate Professor||The Vega lab investigates the proteome changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. They are also interested in developing evidence-based strategies to promote health equity.||Lab Website||tau filaments, neurodegeneration, health equity, tauopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, proteomics, biomarkers|
|Metabolism, Microbiology||Dr. Juliana Vasco Correa||The Ohio State University||Post-doc||Dr. Vasco Correa works in the Shah Lab to investigate how we can harness anaerobic digestion in bacteria to generate renewable energy.||anaerobic digestion, metabolism, renewable energy|
|Applied Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience||Dr. Gabrielle Gutierrez||University of Washington||Post-doc||Dr. Gutierrez is a post-doc in the Shea-Brown and Rieke labs where she investigates how local neuron properties influence the behavior of neural circuits and networks. She is interested in understanding the algorithms of the brain.||Website||circuitry, modeling, processing, perception|
|Materials Chemistry||Dr. Efrain Rodriguez||University of Maryland||Associate Professor||The Rodriguez group is working to discover new materials to be used in superconductors as well as the magnetic properties of transition metal oxides and their use in energy conversion.||Faculty Page||transition metals, super conductors, chalcogenides, solid state, magnetics, hollandites, ferrotorodic materials, energy conversion, oxygen storage materials|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Freddyson J. Martinez-Rivera||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||Post-doc||Dr. Martinez-Rivera works in the Nestler Lab to investigate the impact of extinction-based therapy (model) on the addictive transcriptome. Previously, he worked (postdoc) in the Quirk lab studying the neural correlates of translational models for OCD and PTSD.||Lab Page||substance abuse, addiction, depression, extinction, OCD, PTSD, stress|