QCBio Statement on Diversity Inclusion:

The Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biology at UCLA is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for its community of scientists, scholars, students and staff. Our goals are to enhance mentoring and career opportunities for students and trainees and to foster a community of faculty who value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and combat racism. Here you will find information on the programs we offer to achieve these goals and external resources to promote EDI.

QCBio Equity Advisor:

The QCBio equity advisor consults on enhancing EDI  in the institute’s activities, including the seminar series, training activities, and recruitment of students, postdocs, and faculty. The equity advisor is available for confidential consultation and welcomes suggestions on creating an inclusive environment in QCBio.

Noa Pinter-Wollman
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
nmpinter@ucla.edu

Current Activities:

A Commitment to Transparency:

TOTAL FEMALE URMs
Winter 2020 14 6 2
Spring 2020 21 8 1
Fall 2020 16 5 0
Winter 2021 18 8 1
Spring 2021 18 7 1
TOTAL 69 27 5

Training and Career Development:

  • Seminar series on the academic job search for postdoctoral fellows – Spring 2021: calendar
  • Workshop on careers in quantitative biology outside academia. Annual Workshop on careers in computational biosciences in the private sector (next one TBA).
  • Journey talks: TBA

K-12 Outreach

  • UCLA K-12 Outreach
  • UCLA Project Brainstorm
  • UCLA Signaling Systems Laboratory High School Outreach 2020/2021: The goal of this outreach activity was to connect with local Los Angeles high school students in order to offer more access to STEM opportunities and engage with people of different backgrounds that make up the racially diverse LA community. This was done by collaborating with Synergy Quantum Academy in Los Angeles and their 11th and 12thgrade students enrolled in the Principles of Biomedical Science course taught by Dr. Barbara Shannon. We exposed them to different STEM-related career paths and taught them different aspects of modern life science research, including computational components.  This was all done to inspire and motivate them as they approach college applications.This activity was performed during remote teaching and campus closure, so designing an engaging set of sessions to be implemented via Zoom was a challenge. The outreach consisted of 3 Zoom-classroom sessions and a preparation session for the volunteers:

If you have any questions about these outreach activities or are interested in joining the Outreach Committee to organize future events, please contact:

Apeksha Singh, ASSingh@mednet.ucla.edu, MD/PhD student, Signaling Systems Lab, UCLA

Catera Wilder, cwilder1@ucla.edu, Postdoc, Signaling Systems Lab, UCLA

Stefanie Luecke, stefanieluecke@ucla.edu, Postdoc, Signaling Systems Lab, UCLA

Resources

Undergraduate Research: There are many ways to recruit excellent undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds into research in quantitative biology:

Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Undergraduate Research Program –  8-week full-time research immersion program for undergraduates interested research in quantitative biology

Program for Excellence in Education Research in the Sciences (PEERS) – two-year program for STEM majors providing academic training and research opportunities.

UCLA-HHMI Pathways to Success Program – 4-year honors-level program for undergraduate students majoring in the life sciences and who intend to pursue a career in the life sciences.

Resources for mentors: To promote healthy mentoring relationships and inclusive research environments, mentors (faculty, postdocs, and graduate students) may consult the following resources:

Resources on EDI at UCLA:

Other resources about EDI: