Scientific Societies Fostering Inclusivity in the Life Sciences Through Engagement of Undergraduate Scientists

Clara Primus, Alexandra N. Zimmerman, Avanthia K. Terovolas, Kirsten F. Block, Christopher G. Brown, Michael D. Burton, Ashanti Edwards, Candice M. Etson, Sonia C. Flores, Catherine Fry, Ashley N. Guillory, Susan L. Ingram, Richard McGee, Deborah L. Neely-Fisher, Stephanie Paxson, Laura Phelan, Kirsta Suggs, Leticia R. Vega, Elizabeth Vuong, J. Luis LujanMarina Ramirez-Alvarado, Verónica A. Segarra

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Scientific societies serve as communities of practice in which scientists develop many of the skills and connections required for the progression of their careers. For example, scientific societies offer their members opportunities to attend career development programs, gain experience in communicating science, and receive recognition for achievements within their discipline. Programming for undergraduate student members has recently been increasing, both in prevalence and in its range of offerings. The Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success, ACCESS, a meta-organization seeking equity and inclusivity in life sciences fields, has examined programs and opportunities focused on undergraduates across its member scientific societies to identify common themes, promising practices and challenges. In this article, we share and discuss our findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number757816
JournalFrontiers in Education
StatePublished - Mar 29 2022


  • STEMM workforce
  • diversity
  • early-career scientists
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • scientific societies
  • student chapters
  • undergraduate students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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