Congratulations to Michael D.L. Johnson PhD for his leadership and facilitation of mentorship opportunities for underrepresented minorities.
Summer research programmes are renowned for encouraging underrepresented minorities (URMs) to pursue STEM careers, but COVID-19 left many students in the United States unable to participate. We created the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP) to matchmake students with mentors, enabling 250 URM students to do summer research.
October 19, 2020 Nature Microbiology: Crowdsourcing virtual summer research opportunities to support minorities in microbiology
Dr. Johnson created a national matchmaking program for BIPOC (Black and Indigenous people of color) and microbiology labs called the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project www.NSURP.org. Which is also integrating a BIPOC seminar series involving science, ethics, and professional development. There is a platform for them to present their research data. He created this program because so many students were losing out on their summer research opportunities and he wanted to help those most vulnerable. The 2020 summer session ran from June 22nd through August 14th.
Consider participating as a mentor for next summer.
Link to June 14, 2020 1.5 minute Video on YouTube Welcome to National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP)