Identify Penn State’s inclusive research teams through the “Rainbow Science Network”


Penn State’s Eberly College of Science has launched a new initiative that helps potential researchers identify labs that have received training on LGBTQ+ issues.

Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs can use the new “Rainbow Science Networkto find inclusive teams.

Faculty must meet the application requirements to join the network. They must complete two training courses offered by the Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, have another member of the group take both trainings, and commit to reminding their group once per semester of their commitment to fostering a community inclusive science.

The trainings are designed to increase understanding of the issues LGBTQ+ people face and to commit to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive research community.

Claire Thomas, lecturer in biology and biochemistry and molecular biology, is one of the creators of the network. Thomas has worked to mainstream LGBTQ+ inclusivity at State College and within Penn State academia.

“We know that diversity in science makes for better science,” Thomas said. “Through the RSN, we hope to attract more talented LGBTQ+ people into scientific research to improve our science.”

The network is geared towards undergraduate researchers and has links to undergraduate science research opportunities. Consideration for admission of laboratories affiliated with the Rainbow Science Network does not imply membership in the LQBTQ+ community. There is no obligation to disclose your status.

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