Addressing Racial Injustice - A Statement from The Protein Society 

In these times of strife and anguish brought about by the pandemic, we are witnessing the blatant and systemic racism toward Black Americans that has led to inequalities at every level. Black and brown Americans are hardest hit by COVID-19 and will suffer the most in the economic aftermath. We see the murders of Black Americans including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. That list goes on far too long, yet these are only the publicized cases of harm against Black Americans. We must do better. Progress demands that in this time of little national leadership, we as individuals commit to advance justice, equality, peace, and understanding. We, in The Protein Society, voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we are committed to working for the end of the repressive, brutal, and systemic racism that has existed for more than 400 years. In the coming weeks, The Protein Society will outline a plan of action that includes investments in outreach, mentoring, and inclusion initiatives that can help address inequities and contribute to meaningful and sustained change. 

The Diversity Awards

Attendance at our symposia presents a valuable opportunity for early-career protein scientists. The Protein Society is committed to supporting the participation of junior scientists from diverse backgrounds and individuals who work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field. Our newly introduced Diversity Awards include 2 years of society membership, a 2021 symposium registration waiver, and abstract submission fee reimbursement or waiver.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students, post baccalaureate students/research assistants, graduate students, and postdocs from any institution; junior faculty from minority-serving institutions. Membership is not required to apply. 

Awards submission is now closed.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Committee Chair

Bil Clemons
California Institute of Technology

Committee Members

Charles L. Brooks III
University of Michigan

Amy E. Keating
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Carla Mattos
Northeastern University

Elizabeth Meiering
University of Waterloo

Heather Pinkett
Northwestern University

Charney Robinson-Williams
The Protein Society

The Protein Society DEI Vision

Protein science is an integrative and inclusive endeavor that utilizes concepts and methods from a diverse array of disciplines to strive for a more complete understanding of the role that proteins play in biological structure and function across many levels. As a membership-based society and leader in its field, The Protein Society values and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its societal endeavors. We, therefore, strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for all of our constituents, where everyone is treated with respect and is encouraged to contribute their unique strengths and abilities to our shared mission. We are committed to acting on these principles for the betterment of the field of protein science and all activities with which The Protein Society is engaged.

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