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Pathways to Science: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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General Student Resources

  • Searching for a Program
    Tips on using the website to search for programs.

  • Opportunities for High School Students
    An overview of resources for high school students

  • Student Information Form
    Use this form to sign up to receive internship, fellowship, and scholarship information.

  • Preparing Applications

    • Tips on Creating a Winning Application
      General tips to assist you in your program and funding applications.

    • Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation
      The what, why, and how, of getting strong letters of recommendation.

    • Writing Strong Essays and Personal Statements
      Targeted toward undergraduate students, this handout provides detailed suggestions on strengthening your essays.

    • Enhancing Your Fellowship Application
      Tips on fellowship applications

    • Summer Research Experiences

      • The Benefits of an Undergrad Summer Research Program
        By Diana Lizarraga, an essay describing the benefits a summer research experience can have on a student's career trajectory.

      • Discussing Summer Research with your Family
        Suggestions and examples to assist students in discussing their summer research aspirations with their family.

      • Applying to Summer Research Experiences
        The what, why, and how - including a timeline for applying.

      • Graduate School

        • Applying to Graduate School: Tips Timeline, and Tools of the Trade (CIC)
          A thorough guide to the graduate school process including a detailed timeline that you can follow as you apply.

        • Grad School Questions Checklist
          A checklist of questions students can ask as they investigate graduate programs.

        • Grad School Tips on Applying
          Suggestions for identifying an appropriate department and advisor, as well as finding funding.

        • The Difference Between the Grad and Undergrad Experience
          Details the major differences between the graduate and undergraduate experience.

        • Postdoc Experiences

          • Negotiating A Postdoc Position
            Why, what and how to negotiate the terms of a post doc position offer.

          • Questions to Ask When Choosing A Postdoc Advisor
            A check list of questions to use when evaluating a potential postdoctoral position.

          • Tips on Postdoc Placements
            Two Views from the Field

          • Postdoc Positions: What? How? Why?
            What are they good for? How does it all work? Finding and applying to positions.

          • General Faculty Resources

            • Resources For Faculty
              An overview of Broadening Participation resources for faculty available on

            • Designing for Success: Positive Factors that Support Student Success in STEM
              17 positive factors that the research says enable students to succeed and persist in STEM fields

            • Tools and Resources for Practitioners - Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program
              Tools developed to inspire and provide concrete guidance to practitioners in the field seeking to develop similar programs.

            • Using Social Media to Build Diversity in Your REU
              This handout presents a brief summary of how-to's and what-not-to-do's.

            • Diversity Awareness

              • Broadening Participation in Your Program: Growing the Diversity Awareness & Cultural Competency of Faculty and Partners
                Tips and resources for building diversity awareness in an academic environment.

              • Recruitment & Retention

                • Broadening Participation in Your Program - Outreach: Recruitment & Retention
                  A checklist of action items to build your broadening participation strategy.

                • Make the Most of Conference Travel to Support Your Diversity Efforts
                  How to use conferences for recruitment and networking.

                • Recruitment Strategies
                  A 9-step checklist towards implementing a comprehensive recruitment strategy.

                • Template - Draft Recruitment Plan
                  Adopt and adapt this word .doc Recruitment Plan for your program.

                • Template - Draft Retention Plan
                  Adopt and adapt this word .doc Retention Plan for your program.

                • Maps

                  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Map
                    A map showing the geographic locations of the historically black colleges and universities

                  • Tribal Colleges & Universities Map
                    A map showing the geographic locations of Tribal colleges and universities

                  • Presentations & Posters

                    • Building and Fostering Partnerships to Increase Participation and Diversity in STEM
                      IBP's mission is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. This brief online prezi illustrates how IBP makes STEM opportunities more accessible to underrepresented students and faculty, as well as their mentors.

                    • The Diversity Briefing
                      A resource for faculty, administrators and program directors in STEM education offering an introduction to diversity concepts, why diversity matters & how to broaden participation and increase diversity. Produced by IBP.

                    • Pathways to Ocean Science: Broadening Participation in Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates
                      This poster covers the basics What is underrepresentation? Who is considered underrepresented in general and in the Ocean Sciences specifically? What is broadening participation, why does it matter, and how do you do it?