The National Academies report Beyond Bias and Barriers, chaired by President Donna E. Shalala, documented that, despite advances in the proportion of women and other underrepresented minorities in science and engineering graduate programs, relatively few become successful faculty. Accordingly, the University of Miami Provost Tom LeBlanc established a University-level SEEDS office as a focus for diversity programs across all disciplines and all three UM campuses. The program is based on the success of NSF ADVANCE award for SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) and is significantly expanding in scope and programs through all of UM and is designed to increase opportunity for ALL at UM.
About the award: The SEEDS "You Choose" program makes several annual awards of $2,500 each. The type of activity is not pre-specified: For instance you may propose to mount a career skills event, develop a seminar series, take advantage of a leadership opportunity, visit another lab to establish collaborations, bring in a speaker or collaborator, or fund personal research or publication, etc. The activity is up to you: You Choose!
Eligibility: Now institutionalized by UM as "a SEED for Success" Program with the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, headed by Vice Provost Brian Blake, eligibility for these awards have expanded beyond the STEM disciplines and elicit applications from all disciplines across all three campuses of the University of Miami. These awards which originally were targeted scientists and engineers through the NSF-ADVANCED SEEDS program (“Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success”).
This program targets pre-tenure and tenured faculty. Those faculty with other appointments (e.g., lecturers) are encouraged to apply in partnership with tenure track faculty. Applications may be submitted by an individual or by a group. Applications are eligible from all units in the University of Miami.