MPS Broadening Participation Resources

Attendees at the Broadening Participation in MPS Workshop for New Investigators in June 2023

Attendees at the Broadening Participation in MPS Workshop for New Investigators in June 2023

MPS is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2024 MPS Workshop for New Investigators, to be held July 7-9, 2024 in Alexandria, VA.

Please see the following sites for more information:

NSF has a strong commitment to broadening participation. Groups underrepresented in MPS research include women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities.

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Current Funding Opportunities

Webinars &



Data and Other Resources

Networks / Organizations

Minority Serving Academic Institutions

Divisional Contacts

Astronomy Astronomy (AST)
Andrea Prestwich
Mathematical Sciences Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
Adriana Salerno, Chair
Chemistry Chemistry (CHE)
Anne-Marie Schmoltner
Multidisciplinary Activities MPS Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI)
Catalina Achim
Materials Research Materials Research (DMR)
Souleymane Omar Diallo
Physics Physics (PHY)
Keith Dienes, Vice Chair

Current Funding Opportunities

The links below provide a sampling of information that may help Principal Investigators and others in broadening participation in their activities. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or to imply any special endorsement by MPS (or NSF).

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A Career in Academia: Lessons, Priorities, Values and Vision: An MPS Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Valerie Sheares Ashby in celebration of Black History Month (02/23/23) — [1:17]

MPS Distinguished Lecture in Honor of Black History Month: Dr. Valerie Sheares Ashby speaks about 'A Career in Academia: Lessons, Priorities, Values and Vision'. Dr. Sheares Ashby is a distinguished scientist, a dynamic and innovative leader and a steadfast champion for inclusion and equity throughout Academia. As a chemist and materials researcher specializing in synthetic polymer chemistry, she received an NSF postdoctoral fellowship (1994) that was soon followed by an NSF CAREER award in 1997. Among her many career awards she has received seventeen different NSF investments, including a special creativity extension, and a series of research traineeship awards through the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. She and her research team hold over ten different patents and have made important contributions to the field of synthetic materials for biomedical uses. Beyond her contributions to science, she has been lauded as a highly dedicated mentor of students at all levels, and an inspirational role model at each of the four universities she has served. Today Dr. Sheares Ashby serves as the first female President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she is indeed finding excellence in higher education and empowering the UMBC vision of inclusive excellence. Her dedication to elevating education across disciplines and her passion for unleashing the talent in each and every one of her students is truly an inspiration for us all.


Small Changes, Big Effects: MPS-OECR Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Nadya Mason in celebration of Black History Month (02/10/22) — [1:06]

"Professor Nadya Mason is the Rosalyn Yalow Professor of Physics and founding Director of the NSF-funded Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (I-MRSEC). In this video, Professor Mason shares her research and experiences in physics, including how the NSF has had an impact on her career. She discusses two areas of research — studies of hybrid superconducting devices and studies of strained 2D materials — as well as outreach work she has done under "Broader Impacts." The presentation includes early career experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. In both research and outreach, one lesson Professor Mason has learned is that small changes — from the slight tuning of a field parameter to reaching out to a single struggling physicist — can have major, phase-transition-like effects."

Black Lives in Science: An MPS Distinguished Panel (08/18/20) - [1:30; 10 MB]

A panel discussion by four highly distinguished Black scientists, moderated by the MPS AD, Dr. Sean Jones, and addressing their life experiences, the inequities limiting participation of Black people in S&E, and their ideas for effective remedies.


  • Dr. Peter Green, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Dr. Paula Hammond, Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Eric Wilcots, Dean of the College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Dr. Ulrica Wilson, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Morehouse College
  • Moderator: Dr. Sean Jones, NSF Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Held August 18, 2020; Legnth: ~ 1 hour, 30 minutes (1:30); Size: 10 MB

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Recruitment: Ideas and best practices for finding people you want to recruit

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Retention: Ideas and best practices for supporting and keeping the people you just recruited

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Resources: Why we must broaden the participation of members of underrepresented groups at all levels in STEM

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Networks and Organizations: Links to networks and organizations dedicated to advancing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM

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Academic Institutions: Different types of minority serving institutions

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For further information concerning MPS Broadening Participation programs, please contact:

Dr. Catalina Achim, OAD
National Science Foundation
Phone: (703) 292-4938

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