What We Post on our Site
The purpose of PathwaysToScience.org website is to promote education and career opportunities in the STEM fields to students, with an emphasis on reaching members of underrepresented groups. The types of content we post include STEM programs (such as summer research, graduate fellowships, and postdoc positions) and resource links. Details of the types of content we post are available below:
The primary focus of PathwaysToScience.org is to promote funded STEM education, research and professional development opportunities to our website's diverse student audience. During peak times during the academic year, our website receives over 3 million page views per year.
We post FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs with stipends, fellowships, scholarships, travel assistance, tuition and conference fee waivers, etc. for students at the K-12 through postdoctoral level. Student opportunities we currently post include programs funded by NSF, NIH, NASA, NOAA, universities, professional associations or private organizations. There is no fee or cost for posting programs on PathwaysToScience.org.
If your opportunity is a funded program in STEM, then it is likely that we can post your information to our site and you can use our program form to post your program.
Unfortunately, we often have more requests for links on our site than we can currently accommodate. We regret that we are unable to post links to general university departments, to resources that are too narrow in focus or too institution-specific for our national audience, to comprehensive university and college search directories, or to other web resources that lack a STEM or diversity focus.
Example of Program Opportunities we DO post include:
- PAID summer research opportunities for undergrads, K-12 educators, or graduate students
- PAID post-bacc fellowship opportunity
- fellowship or scholarship opportunities for graduate studies
- PAID postdoctoral positions
- PAID programs with a Minority or Women In STEM focus
- fully funded TA/RA positions
Example of Program Opportunities we DO NOT post include:
- programs requiring fees or tuition, including programs providing partial scholarships, limited scholarships, or loans (programs that provide full scholarships for all participants are eligible; see above)
- university or departmental webpages
- general information pages about university-specific funding information
- programs that are too narrow in focus or institution specific (ex. require enrollment at a particular university or department; an exception is made for fully funded TA/RA positions and generous graduate fellowships)
- comprehensive university and college search directories
- programs that lack a STEM or diversity focus
Do you still have questions about whether your program is a fit for PathwaysToScience.org? Contact Cynthia Charles
UNDERSTANDING DATES AND DEADLINES ON PathwaysToScience.org
IBP includes dates (such as application deadlines, and program start/end dates) in its opportunity listings on PathwaysToScience.orgas a means to assist with student planning. When an opportunity deadline has passed, we do not automatically delete listings from the website. The majority of programs maintain a similar program cycle (including application deadlines) year after year. Even when programs have not posted next year's application deadlines, students may use last year's deadline information to anticipate future application deadlines and opportunity dates.
Furthermore, PathwaysToScience.org is a tool to help students plan their academic and career pathway. In July, we want students to have the ability to browse all the summer opportunity listings, even though those programs are already filled and are currently in process, because this allows a student to get inspired and explore what type of opportunity they may want to pursue for the following summer.
Program postings and updates are accepted for opportunity listings on an ongoing basis through the year via our program update form
. We strive to review and update all program listings every 12 months. We do not consider a program opportunity to be outdated unless is more than one year old.
If you are interested in a Summer Research Opportunity, please note that most summer programs announce their application deadlines in November. Deadlines are typically December - February.
If you are interested in Graduate Fellowships, please note that most fellowship programs announce their application deadlines in early fall. Deadlines are typically mid fall through early spring.
If you are interested in a program and would like IBP assistance in contacting that program about its application cycle, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For diversity references, we post links to an annotated, discretionary list of peer reviewed research results and significant reports. To submit a diversity reference for posting on pathwaystoscience.org, please send link or PDF of the resource, a full citation, and a description of the resource and why it would be a valuable resource to others working to broaden participation in STEM to Cynthia Charles
for review by IBP's Diversity References review panel.
The primary focus of pathwaystoscience.org is content that fits into the content categories of programs and diversity references. In instances when we encounter useful websites that support IBP's work to increase diversity in the STEM workforce yet do not fit within the context of our content templates, we post and highlight these URLs as "featured links" in the "Resource Library" on pathwaystoscience.org. Generally the "featured links" that we post highlight initiatives with a STEM and diversity focus that do not fit within another area on our website. We receive more requests for links than we can accommodate while maintaining the targeted scope of pathwaystoscience.org so all link requests are subject to review by IBP staff. If you would like to submit a "featured link" please email Cynthia Charles
with the link and a brief explanation of why it might be valuable to pathwaystocience.org.
with any questions.