Supporting Minority Postdocs


A critical transition point for entry into the professoriate is a postdoctoral experience. In the STEM and biomedical science fields, one or more years of work as a postdoc are increasingly required for advancement into tenure-track faculty positions, but according to recent NSF data only 8.3 percent of postdoctoral scholars in those fields were from underrepresented backgrounds. Furthermore, underrepresented postdocs are not entering tenure-track faculty positions in sufficient numbers, especially at research-intensive institutions. During this webinar, we will explore known barriers to minority postdoc success as well as the efficacy of national programs designed to advance them to the professoriate (e.g. NIH IRACDA). Speakers will also highlight successful regional programs, such as the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. The webinar will conclude with information about a proposed action item to partner with national stakeholders to evaluate the impact of diversity programs on postdoctoral scholars.


Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Ph.D., Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kathleen Flint Ehm, Ph.D., Director, Office for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development and Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Stony Brook University
Jessica Faupel-Badger, Ph.D., M Director, NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program, National Institutes of Health
Frances Leslie, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate Division, University of California, Irvine

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