Broadening Minority Participation in the Biological Sciences: A Workshop Focused on Careers and Graduate Study Opportunities in Biology

Space for this workshop  is limited. To register, complete the online registration form.

Please visit the workshop agenda for more information on the day's activities.

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The University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, and iDigBio are pleased to announce a free 1-day workshop for undergraduate students focusing on opportunities for careers and graduate study in field and environmental biology, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. The workshop is open to anyone. A primary goal is increasing minority participation in the biological sciences within such groups as African and Black Americans, Native Americans, and individuals of Hispanic ethnicity. Registration is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Click here for the agenda.

The workshop will be held at the University of Central Florida's Live Oak Center Saturday, February 1, 2014. Activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a keynote address by Dr. Scott Edwards, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University and division director at the National Science Foundation.


Lunch will be provided and will include a special opportunity to interact with undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, workshop speakers, and biology faculty from several universities. Following lunch, attendees will have the chance to explore several hands-on stations featuring a variety of scientific specimens. The end of the day will feature a reception and mixer with heavy hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to win one of ten $25.00 Amazon gift cards as well as allow further opportunities for individualized conversation, personal attention, and networking.

Presentations will offer advice on undergraduate curriculum decisions, information about scholarships and financial aid, opportunities for on- and off-campus research for undergraduate students, opportunities for international travel, and the attraction of contemporary methods in biological research. Speakers will include an array of academic and field biologists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Participation is limited and acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register soon to reserve your place.

To register, complete the online registration form.  





For more information, e-mail: Gil Nelson (

This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, award #1358501. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.