A Seed for Success

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 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.

Download our Fall 2015 SEEDS Newsletter

Download our Spring 2015 SEEDS Newsletter

Download our Fall 2014 SEEDS Newsletter

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SEEDS You Choose Leadership for Cultural Transformation for 2016-2017: Applications are due September 22, 2016.  Click here to read about last year's winners.

Application deadline: September 22, 2016
2016-2017 You Choose Leadership for Cultural Transformation Application Guidelines
Click here for a representative NSF-style CV.

About the award: The SEEDS "You Choose" Leadership Award for Cultural Transformation program makes several annual awards of $2,500 each. These awards are made to support diversity and foster community and career satisfaction.  The activities are not pre-defined. Instead, the activitiy is up to you: You Choose!  For ideas (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: Eligibility has expanded to include all disciplines across all three UM campuses. Previously awards targeted scientists and engineers through the NSF-ADVANCED SEEDS program  (“Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success”).  Because our program has now been institutionalized by UM as "a SEED for Success" Program within the Office of Faculty Affairs, eligibility for these awards has expanded beyond the STEM disciplines.

Although the program generally targets pre-tenure and tenured faculty, eligibility has also expanded to other groups.  Those faculty with other appointments (e.g., research track faculty and lecturers) and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to apply in partnership with tenure track faculty.  An individual or group, from any academic unit, may submit applications.