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Empowering Career Pathways in STEMM Multidisciplinary Working Group

AAAS Multidisciplinary Working Groups (MWGs) aim to leverage the multidisciplinary strengths, advisory perspective and knowledge of AAAS to address a timely and high-impact issue, with the goal of developing actionable steps to enact change in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

The Empowering Career Pathways in STEMM MWG (ECP MWG) will convene to address the following major issues that have presented barriers to individuals entering STEMM careers and challenges to retaining talent:

  • Exclusionary practices that limit entry points or access into STEM careers
  • Disincentives for individuals wanting to make career changes
  • Unrealistic goals for success in STEMM professions
  • Disconnects between formal training or education and on-the-job competencies.

The ECP MWG is charged with evaluating opportunities for change within the scientific enterprise to support diverse career growth and achievement, including:

  • Creating new and flexible entry points and intersections for STEMM careers
  • Challenging traditional benchmarks for success
  • Changing material and non-material incentives for recruiting and retaining talent
  • Cultivating and respecting the whole person by supporting professional and personal development.

How to Apply

Approximately 15-20 members are being sought for the ECP MWG who fall into at least one of the following categories in the STEMM enterprise:

  • Early-career: no more than 3 years beyond final training/terminal degree or 3 years in current position; academic or non-academic; fellows may be considered
  • Mid-career: at least 3 and no more than 10 years beyond final training/terminal degree; academic or non-academic
  • Advanced-career: 10+ years beyond final training/terminal degree; mid-management or executive level; academic or non-academic
  • Individual(s) at non-profit organizations
  • Individual(s) at philanthropic organizations
  • Individual(s) representing state or federal interests in STEMM
  • Individual(s) applying STEMM training/education in non-STEMM careers/sectors (see STEMM Careers 2023 Guide for professions/sectors)
  • Individual(s) providing professional or career development support
  • Individual(s) with STEMM workforce expertise
  • Individual(s) with staffing/recruiting companies
  • Other individuals with experiences or expertise in STEMM career development

Members of the group will be expected to attend several meetings in 2023 and 2024. Members of the ECP MWG are expected to abide by the AAAS Code of Conduct for Meetings, Events and Workshops. Members of the ECP MWG must also acknowledge and agree to the Vaccination Requirement and Waiver of Liability for AAAS Events.

Members of the ECP MWG will be vital and critical volunteers; however, they are not official representatives of the association and do not act on behalf of AAAS.     

Nominations will be accepted through 11:59pm Eastern Time on April 14, 2023. Nomination materials will be reviewed and a list of potential ECP MWG members will be presented to the AAAS Council. Individuals selected to serve on the ECP MWG will be notified via email. 

Submit your nominations via the online portal.