SEDS Series Speaker Suggestion Form
Criteria for selection:
- From a traditionally underrepresented group in STEM (woman, ethnic minority, disabled, LGBT, socioeconomically disadvantaged, etc.) or have a strong record of working to increase diversity in science

SEDS Series Mission:
To bring highly successful professionals in biomedical, life and physical science fields to UCLA to highlight and celebrate the importance of diversity in scientific excellence. To provide career development and informal networking opportunities to underrepresented groups on campus.

SEDS speakers give a research seminar and, importantly, give a presentation and/or meet with students and postdoctoral trainees to discuss how they have succeeded in their careers and contributed to increasing diversity in science. The seminar series provides opportunities for students and postdoctoral trainees to get accustomed to discussing important matters such as diversity in science with faculty from all over the nation, on top of the scientific discussion that ensues from their general seminar

Things to keep in mind:
- High research achievement will increase turnout and credibility
- Sympathetic to increasing diversity in the sciences (ideally, the speaker should not just come from a diverse background, but should have some experience promoting and supporting diversity in the sciences)
- A dynamic speaker will keep people engaged!
- You have the potential to get to know a faculty member on a professional and personal level - invite someone you really care about meeting!

Your Information
Please fill out all information below as it pertains to you.
Name *
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Email *
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Cell #
For speaker visit planning and coordination
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Department *
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UCLA Affiliation *
Year at UCLA *
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If your speaker is nominated, are you willing to take the lead in planning the visit (with the guidance of the SEDS Committee)? *
Speaker Information
Please fill out the following information for your suggested speaker
Name of Speaker *
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Speaker Email Address *
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Institution *
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Department/Discipline *
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Website *
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Short Bio
Please address scientific contributions and how the individual fits into the SEDS mission of excellence through diversity. The mission is described at the beginning of this form (above).

We have included an example from a past SEDS speaker.

How does this person fit into SEDS? (2 sentences max.) *
For example: Cecilia’s career embodies what we love to celebrate in the Scientific Excellence through Diversity Seminar series: she is a minority and woman scientist who has been successful through the pipeline from her undergraduate studies to her faculty position at Cal State LA. As retention is an issue for both women and minorities in STEM, Cecilia’s career trajectory is inspiring and she would likely have great advice and input for students who want to remain in academia after they graduate.
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Academic Background (2 sentences max.) *
For example: Dr. Zurita-Lopez did her graduate and a portion of her postdoctoral work in biochemistry and molecular biology at UCLA in the lab of Steven Clarke. Cecilia received funding through the NRSA Individual Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) predoctoral fellowship during her graduate studies and was also involved in SACNAS.
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Contribution to Diversity in Science, if applicable (2 sentences max.) *
For example: As an assistant professor at CSU Los Angeles Cecilia is very dedicated to serving and motivating the student community, which is dominated by students from underrepresented backgrounds and from under-served communities. She has gone above and beyond by taking part in several minority-focused conferences to expand her knowledge of the current issues facing underrepresented minorities in STEM, allowing her to better serve the students she recruits to her lab and teaches in her classes.
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