Diversity in Life Science Programs

The Keystone Symposia Peer-to-Peer Program

Created after suggestions by scientists from underrepresented backgrounds who participated in a Keystone Symposia Focus Group in 2008, stated a need for such a mechanism, the Peer-to-Peer Program activity has introduced many graduate students, postdocs, early career and established scientists to others attending our meetings.

The primary purpose of the activity is to allow a time and place for scientists from underrepresented backgrounds to briefly meet others attending a given Keystone Symposia meeting, exchange information on their research areas and to have a familiar face during the meeting. There are ample opportunities for underrepresented scientists to meet scientists from majority culture backgrounds at our meetings. This informal activity is designed to connect underrepresented scientists and help them develop a network. The Director of the DLSP, Chief Scientific Officer and meeting organizers if available, will attend this informal meeting.

Those scientists attending a Keystone Symposia meeting who have self-identified for one of the 4 designated underrepresented populations in the U.S. (African American, Hispanic American or Latin American, Native American or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) will be invited via email message to meet with other underrepresented scientists at a designated location near our Three Trees logo. To be invited attendees MUST designate their ethnic membership and citizenship status on their Keystone Symposia online account. Without this information it is not possible to provide an invitation.

Many participants in the Peer to Peer Activity have found the brief, informal meeting time for introductions and research exchange to be not only worthwhile, but helpful in connecting to other researchers in their field. This activity is especially helpful for first time participants.

Questions? Contact DLSP@keystonesymposia.org