That’s why we work to build permanent diversity in our scientific staff, recruit students from underrepresented groups and encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in scientific research. The lab’s Diversity Committee, a group of scientists, technicians and staff dedicated to ensuring diverse practices in MagLab operations, directs this work.
The visiting scientists who come to the MagLab are at the center of what we do. The MagLab actively recruits new, diverse users at conferences such as the American Physical Society March meeting, the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference and the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM. The opportunity to conduct research at one of our seven user facilities is equally available to all researchers through a fair and unified proposal system. Every year more than 1,800 scientists and engineers from across the globe use our facilities — from graduate students to Nobel laureates, hailing from both academia and the corporate world. The lab offers a wide array of resources to these users, including an experienced support staff, customized tools, training, financial support, housing assistance and more.
The MagLab is committed to diversity in all areas of our workplace, which includes scientists, machinists, engineers, administrators, writers and even artists. Using best practices for recruitment and retention for faculty and students, the MagLab works to build an inclusive environment where all staff members feel respected and valued. Members of search committees for scientific staff positions participate in formal training on best practices in hiring diverse candidates. The lab’s Tallahassee headquarters has also been recognized by the city of Tallahassee as a family-friendly workplace.
The MagLab recognizes that early and engaging exposure to science increases the likelihood that a student will pursue STEM subjects into college. The lab’s educational arm, the Center for Integrating Research & Learning, offers programs at all academic levels and trains teachers to expand scientific literacy and encourage interest in and the pursuit of science. Education staff also conduct research in teacher professional development and barriers for women and underrepresented minorities in STEM. The results of their research are presented at national conferences and published in key STEM education journals.