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: You Choose Leadership Awards of $2,500 are made to support diversity and foster community and career satisfaction throughout the University of Miami. The award activities are not pre-defined. Instead, the activity is up to you. For idea (and as models for your applications) click here to view or download proposals that have won previously. Among other activities, awards have supported professional skills workshops, mentoring programs, seminar series, networking, visits by experts (e.g. grant program officers), collaborations, leadership activities, and distinguished speakers who talk both about their research and their careers.
Eligibility: These awards have expanded to solicit applications from all disciplines across all three UM campuses. Although the awards generally target pre-tenured and tenured faculty, eligibility has also expanded. Faculty with other appointments (e.g., research trach faculty and lecturers) and for the first time) postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to apply in partnership with tenure track faculty. An individual or group, from any academic unit, may submit an application.