New Grant Aims To Flip Stereotypes About Scientists, One Story At A Time

$1.1 million grant led by SF State and Foothill College will highlight diverse scientists in classrooms

Reading through her middle schooler’s science homework one day, Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner noticed a glaring absence: examples of women and people of color doing science. Two years later, Tanner is part of a collaborative project to diversify the scientists featured in middle and high school science lessons, funded by a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project involves the creation of “Scientist Spotlights”: short science assignments that highlight currently practicing scientists from a variety of backgrounds. The spotlights can be used in classrooms and will be hosted on an online database for teachers around the world to use.

“We’re collaborating to change curriculum structures that continue to send the message to students that only certain types of people do science,” said Tanner. Read more about the project here.