Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are a priority for the FRIB Laboratory. FRIB aspires to be a leader for DEIB in nuclear physics and the larger science community by actively engaging in efforts that advance equity and inclusion by promoting diversity and developing strong partnerships with marginalized communities.

As a federally funded laboratory and university, FRIB commits itself to fostering a safe, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work and research environment which values respect and personal integrity. Users, guests, students, and employees at the FRIB Laboratory share a common interest—to contribute to society through scientific discovery. This is best achieved when everyone is included and valued, creating a welcoming and respectful environment that advances inclusive excellence and a sense of belonging.

FRIB diversity plan goals

  • Leverage the considerable resources available at MSU to enhance diversity at the laboratory
  • Track diversity statistics and annually evaluate progress and implement a revised plan for the laboratory to evaluate progress
  • Engage in activities that will allow the laboratory to recruit and train a diverse workforce
  • Enhance and further establish a robust mentoring program for all laboratory personnel
  • Promote a healthy work climate that will enable development and maintenance of a diverse workplace

Laboratory community

The Diversity Advisory Committee is a standing committee that advises the laboratory director on how to make the FRIB Laboratory environment welcoming and inclusive for everyone, and how to improve the laboratory workforce diversity.

Student community

FRIB is working to increase representation through an integrated set of programs and growing set of relationships to attract students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to FRIB. MSI programs are important to diversifying the research field and the workforce. Such diversification will open up new ideas and pathways for scientific discovery. Take a look below at the snapshots of programs FRIB has in place to attract students to physics, starting in high school through faculty placements.

Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation: Exploring the Nuclear Matter (PING) – Summer (two weeks) and academic year (nine months)

  • Collaboration between National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Associated Universities Inc. to focus on multiple levels of physics and astronomy
  • Pipeline to high-school students and mentoring from undergraduate students
  • Exposure to basic and applied nuclear science and conferences networking

PEGASUS/Director Research Scholars (DRS) – Two-day visit

  • Pipeline to undergraduate students
  • Exposure to MSU physics and nuclear-physics programs

Physics Immersion – Summer (two weeks)

  • Pre-training/skills building prior to attending summer research
  • Mentoring program (MSU Summer Research Opportunities Program/Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) for transition to graduate school

MSI fellowship – One-year transition program (Virginia State University and Morgan State University)

  • Postdocs/graduate students transition to faculty position at MSIs

Students Training and Engagement Program for Undergraduates in Physics (STEP-UP)

  • Non-scientist personnel from MSI community
  • Holistic approach for recruitment and retention

Institute for Nuclear Science to Inspire the next Generation of a Highly Trained workforce (INSIGHT)

  • INSIGHT is a nationwide resource center for the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Current partners: Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (9) and Historical Hispanic Institutions (2)

University community

Michigan State University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan

The Michigan State University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan is available online.

Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences

Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences (WaMPS) is a graduate student organization at Michigan State University (MSU) that strives to promote diversity in the physical sciences by encouraging women and minorities to pursue the field.