ASM LINK Mentoring Award

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The ASM LINK Mentoring Award seeks to:
    • Strengthen connections between researchers and undergraduate faculty (present and future) to advance science and student learning
    • Encourage sustainable collaborator networks and effective mentoring practices
    • Advance research and education in emerging and interdisciplinary areas of molecular, cellular, and microbial biosciences
Each award provides up to $5,000 for up to 24 months and is designed for investigator pairs (or groups) with diverse training and from diverse environments to jointly explore innovative projects that broaden participation by underrepresented minorities in STEM education. Diverse training and environments cover, but are not limited to:
    • Disciplines
    • Employers
    • Academic background or training
    • Race and ethnicity
Innovation covers programs that bring about new ideas, new solutions, new methods, and new ways of thinking about STEM education and research. The program seeks small, thoughtful, and feasible projects or plans. Feasible projects include but are not limited to:
    • Co-developed curricular and/or training materials that advance program goals
    • Co-developed or team taught seminar series or courses that advance program goals
    • Co-developed resources or proposals that advance program goals
All plans must be supported equitably by at least two collaborators and achieved within an 18- to 24-month period. Due to limited funding, the support is meant to plan, initiate, and/or catalyze a collaborative effort. Projects that have a high potential to transition into a successful proposal to NSF will be favored. The program does NOT support:
    • Visiting scientist programs (e.g., research scientists leading seminars, workshops, and other professional development training for students and faculty)
    • Research experiences for undergraduates (e.g., support for students to conduct research under an adviser)
    • Fees to enroll in an interdisciplinary course, workshop, or training
    • Faculty salaries, student stipends, community partners, or indirect expenses
    • Programs that are part of an applicant’s employment responsibilities or that duplicate activities that can be supported through program offered by ASM, NSF or other institutions.
 
Eligibility
 
Two or more investigators with diverse training and from diverse environments who wish to jointly explore and plan innovative projects that broaden participation from underrepresented minorities in STEM careers and promote sustained coaching, advising and mentoring in science should apply for the LINK Mentoring Award.
 
 
Criteria for Selection
 
Applications will be accepted based upon:
    • Significance and feasibility of proposed activities to broaden participation by members of groups underrepresented in the molecular, cellular, and microbial biosciences
    • Significance and feasibility of proposed activities to encourage and support interdisciplinary interactions
    • Evidence of institutional support of such activities
    • Commitment to advise program leaders and more junior mentor-mentee pairs about their experiences
    • Commitment to engage in activities (e.g., being highlighted on the program website and in other communications, reporting about the LINK experience, and providing mentoring advice in peer-reviewed publications) that support and highlight LINK efforts
It is expected that LINK collaborative pairs will present about their journeys or lead workshops on mentoring excellence at national disciplinary conferences in an effort to serve as role models and mentors for the larger scientific community.
 
Up to $5,000 will be awarded to each selected pair based upon their 18- to 24-month plan and a proposed budget.
 
 
Application Procedure
 

The two application deadlines are January 15 and August 15.  Candidates must complete a short online form providing the following information:  

    • Contact information for each collaborator
    • Essay describing the collaboration including the (i) role of each collaborator, (ii) anticipated outcome (e.g. program, product, service), (iii) list of tasks and timeline to achieve outcome, (iv) budget and justification.  Please limit your response to 600 words. 
    • Statement about how the collaboration addresses new ideas, new solutions, new methods, and/or new ways of mentoring and training for advancing interdisciplinary research and/or broadening participation by underrepresented minorities in STEM education.  Please limit response to 600 words. 
    • Commitment statement for: 
      • Advising LINK program leaders and more junior mentor-mentee pairs about their experiences
      • Engaging in activities that highlight LINK efforts including presentations, publications, and outreach. 
      • Engaging in an online community with other ABRCMS, ASMCUE, and/or LINK participants
      • Completing surveys and contributing to discussions about the inaugural program
         
 Please click HERE to access the online form.
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