Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are a priority for the FRIB Laboratory. FRIB aspires to be a role model for DEIB in nuclear physics in the larger science community.

As a federally funded laboratory and university, we believe it is imperative that the student body and workforce are representative of our nation’s makeup. Users, visitors, students, and employees at the FRIB Laboratory share a common interest—to contribute to society through scientific discovery. This venture is best conducted when everyone is included and valued, and behaves in a welcoming and respectful manner. Creating a collegial, inclusive, safe, and supportive environment is everyone’s responsibility.

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.

We are working to increase representation through an integrated set of programs and strategic relationships to attract students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to FRIB. MSI programs are key to diversifying the research field and the workforce. Such diversification will open up new ideas and paths 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 Institutions (9) and Historical Hispanic Institutions (2)

Participants in the “Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation (PING): Exploring the Nuclear Matter” program (above) take part in activities at FRIB and NSCL.
Participants in the “Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation (PING): Exploring the Nuclear Matter” program (above) take part in activities at FRIB and NSCL.