History of SEEDS

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 three UM campuses. SEEDS orchestrates grass-roots efforts to study and improve climate and policies and has an NSF ADVANCE award for programs designed to increase opportunities for ALL scientists and engineers at UM.

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards

The next applications are due September 22, 2014. 
Download the application, with examples of winning projects
Click here for a representative NSF-style CV.

About the award: The SEEDS "You Choose" program makes several annual awards of $2,500 each. The competition targets tenure track and research track faculty, to support activities designed to improve the environment for the career satisfaction and success of a diverse faculty. 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, course buy-out, etc. The activity is up to you: You Choose!

Eligibility: Applications are limited to faculty with tenure- or research-track appointments. Proposals are welcome from all units in RSMAS, Engineering, Miller School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences. Applications focusing on research must be pursing basic (not clinical) research. Those focusing on developing career resources for a community are welcome regardless of research area.

Featured Events

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presents: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Clinical Training

Presented by Kaite Gotham, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Thursday, August 14 - Friday, August 15, 2014
Psychology Conference Room, Flipse 536
Registration begins at 8:00AM

Registration is closed.

PEPSA (Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism) and SEEDS You Choose in partnership with CARD (Center for Autism & Related Disabilities), the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation and UHealth Ear Institute will be sponsoring the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Clinical Training, August 14-15, 2014 in the Flipse Building, room 536 from 8:30-4:30pm.  This workshop is a 2-day clinical training course on using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) to identify people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  The ADOS is a structured interaction and interview session with the person suspected of having an ASD designed to assess social and communication behaviors.  It can be used with young children to adults and with people who are nonverbal to those who are highly verbal.  This workshop will provide information on using all 4 ADOS Modules as part of an autism spectrum evaluation.  For researchers, this workshop is a prerequisite to more intensive training offered by the ADOS authors, designed to achieve the high reliability levels needed in research.  However, use of the ADOS for clinical and identification purposes can be very helpful for clinicians. 
Dr. Katherine Gotham, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbuilt University, will present this workshop. She has given several ADOS training workshops per year     (as well as Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised training workshops) since becoming a certified trainer in 2004. Dr. Gotham’s long-term research interests focus on identifying mechanisms of and developing interventions for mood disorders that commonly co-occur with ASD.  A SEEDS You Choose Award to Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ear Institute, co-sponsors this event. 

For more information about this event, please contact Daniel Suarez at 305-284-5264 or dsuarez@miami.edu. 


SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presents: "The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces" 

Presented by Dr. Petra Doan,  Professor, Florida State University

Friday, October 24, 2014
Location/Time TBD

Sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. J. Miguel Kanai, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presents: Team Science Seminar Series: The Team Science Toolkit

Presented by Amanda Vogel, Ph.D. National Institute of Health

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Abess Seminar Room, Ungar 230
11:30AM - 1:00PM

In the final seminar of this four-part series, Dr. Amanda Vogel will discuss the Team Science Toolkit and the role it fills in building the Science of Team Science Knowledge base.  She will discuss the key benchmakrs of success in team science and related resources in the Toolkit.  Following the discussion will be a networking break in which participants are encouraged to meet the speaker and discuss Team Science with colleagues.  Sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Sawsan Khuri, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and the College of Arts & Sciences. 

For more information please contact Marisa Hightower, SEEDS Program Manager, at 305-284-2971 or mhightower@bio.miami.edu.

SEEDS Distinguished Lecturer: Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, will visit the University of Miami as the SEEDS Distinguished lecturer on Friday, December 12, 2014.  Zippel received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She was a post-doctoral associate in the European Union Center of New York at Columbia University.  Zippel held a Humboldt Research Fellowshop at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and at the Ludwig-Maximillians-University in Munich.  She, also, was a guest researcher at the University of Athens and the European University Institute in Florence.  

In this talk, Zippel will discuss the subject of her manuscript entitled, "Climbing Glass Fences: Women in Global Science."  This talk will explore global science as the new frontier for women scientists and discusses what happens to women scientists when scientific work is globalized.  This subject may help female sceintists on how to "internationalize" their research collaboration and discusses how being seen as "American" rather than "female" can help women researchers gain access to global professional networks.  Hosted by Dr. Louis Davidson-Schmich, Associate Professor, Political Science and Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, this lecture is co-sponsored the the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

For more information please contact Marisa Hightower, SEEDS Program Manager, at 305-284-2971 or mhightower@bio.miami.edu.




"You Choose" award winners for 2011 

Bill Browne 
  Nurcin Celik 
  Carla Hurt 
  Mary Lou King
Angela Knapp 
  Cynthia Levy
  Fulvia Verde 
  Sonia Yoo


Brief reports

Also see WorkshopsSponsored Mentors and Lecturers pages


"Unconscious Bias in the 21st Century and It's Impact on Diversity and Inclusiveness."

Scientists & Engineers Expanding Diversity & Success (SEEDS) hosted a seminar presented by Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Department of Psychology at Columbia University, entitled "Unconscious Bias in the 21st Century and It's Impact on Diversity and Inclusiveness." Dr. Purdie-Vaughns is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on racial and gender achievement gaps in academic and corporate institutions and how stigma undermines intellectual performance. She conducts research on other forms of stigma including: stigma and LGCTQ groups, stigma of mental illness, and stigma based on multiple identities (intersectionality). Dr. Purdie-Vaughns has authored numerous publications that have appeared in journals such as Science, Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality & Social Psychology. She has been awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Russell Sage Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation. Her most recent grant from NSF examines how stigma may affect activation of the neuroendocrine and sympathetic nervous systems, systems implicated in immune responses that affect long-term health and cognitive performance.


SEEDS Workshop: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: Strategies for a Successful Proposal
This workshop offered First and Second year graduate students in STEM fields advice and strategies for writing a successful proposal for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. We hosted a panel of three UM graduate students, who have won NSF graduate Research Fellowships, and two faculty members for tailored advice. The panel was followed by smaller discussion groups, where attendees can ask advice from panelists.


How to Win Reviewers Over: Workshop on Writing Specific Aims This workshop is for researchers who are thinking of submitting a proposal to NIH and who have written a first draft of their specific aims. This was a hands-on workshop based on the draft of your specific aims.


Distinguished Women in Industrial EngineeringDr. Cynthia Barnhart presented "Congestion and Delays in the National Air Transportation System" August 3, 2011, made possible by a You Choose Award to Nurcin Celik


Miller School of Medicine is pleased to announce plans to establish a lactation support services program for employees. Details of the program are included in the University of Miami Break Time for Nursing Mothers policy. Any employee who would like to provide input into the process is invited to contact Ms. Nanette Vega, the Miller School's director of diversity and multicultural affairs in the Office of Faculty Affairs, at 305-243-6551 or nvega@med.miami.edu. The Nursing Mothers Advisory Group has been convened to identify needs, review suggestions, and discuss the best approach for our organization.