Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Initiatives

GRC believes that diversity and inclusion help to create thriving, scientific communities that drive innovation.  We have established a number of programs and initiatives to help further diversity within our conference communities.


The GRC Power Hour™

GRC has had a longstanding commitment to inclusion and addressing the challenges women and all underrepresented groups face in achieving equity in science. To fully address these challenges, GRC initiated The Power Hour, a new forum for conversations about the barriers to inclusivity within its 400 communities. The GRC Power Hour is designed to address the diversity and inclusion in the scientific workplace by providing a safe environment for informal and meaningful conversations amongst colleagues of all career stages. The program supports the professional growth of all members of our communities, including ethnicity, race and/or gender identity by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring. The GRC Power Hour is open to all conference participants and is held from 3-4pm on Monday afternoons during the afternoon free time. 

The GRC Power Hour has been incredibly popular with both men and women, reflecting growing conversations in the sciences about issues including unconscious bias, mentoring and sponsorship, strategies for addressing harassment and inappropriate behavior, and the culture change needed to support the professional growth of all scientists throughout their careers.

Chairs select a woman from their community to serve as the organizer for the session and each host tailors the program format to fit the needs of their community.  GRC provides suggested talking points and additional resources to help them get started.

"The session was tremendously valuable because participants of different stages and scientific career and representing both genders as well as different minorities exchanged their perspectives."

"The program was valuable because it provided the opportunity for networking and community building, and for sharing ideas and strategies."

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The Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (CSURM)

This program was established by the GRC Board of Trustees to honor Director Emeritus Carl Storm's many years of service to GRC and to support his commitment to increasing diversity at the conferences. This fellowship program provides an opportunity for URM graduate students, postdocs, faculty and scientists to receive funding assistance to attend their first GRC.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Graduate student, postdoc, faculty or research scientist
  • Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident with a Green Card
  • Currently working at a U.S. institution
  • Is attending a GRC for the first time

To apply for the CSURM fellowship, an applicant must first submit an online application to the GRC they wish to attend. Once the conference application is received, please visit your My GRC page and look for the CSURM fellowship application icon located on the toolbar on the right hand side of information for the corresponding meeting. Applicants who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply for the fellowship early. Support is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.  Final approval for a CSURM fellowship is contingent upon acceptance to attend the conference by the conference chair. All applications to participate in a particular GRC are reviewed and acceptances are made independent of this fellowship application. The information provided in the CSURM fellowship application will not be shared with the conference chair and will not affect your application to participate in the conference.

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The Carl Storm International Diversity Fellowship

This program was established by the GRC Board of Trustees to honor Director Emeritus Carl Storm's many years of service to GRC and to support his commitment to increasing diversity at the Conferences. This Fellowship Program allows conference chairs to nominate graduate students and postdocs from China, Africa, India, Central America, South America, Russia, and Ukraine for a $1,250 award toward attending a GRC.  Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Predominantly Undergraduate Institution Fellowship

This program provides a unique opportunity for faculty teaching at predominantly undergraduate institutions to attend GRCs.  Conference chairs may nominate candidates for a $600 award toward attending a GRC.

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