2021 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Mason
Co-Patron(s): Norment
VIMS - Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Research Associate Program

Item 168 #1s

Item 168 #1s

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Virginia Institute of Marine Science FY2021 $0 FY2022 $450,000 GF
FY2021 0.00 FY2022 5.00 FTE

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(This amendment provides $450,000 and 5 FTEs in an effort to grow the pipeline of underrepresented minority faculty by hiring postdoctoral researchers in marine science. The average number of PhDs awarded nationally to underrepresented minorities in the ocean and marines sciences is six every year. Postdoctoral researchers work alongside faculty to assist with expanding our knowledge of fish in the Chesapeake Bay, managing aquatic diseases that impact shellfish, exploring the benefits of submerged aquatic vegetation, and understanding the effects of harmful algal blooms on people and marine life. This newly created postdoctoral program is essential to VIMS meeting its objective of advancing social mobility in a field that has a global impact on the prosperity of coastal communities. VIMS recognizes that the key to improving diversity in the marine sciences lies with focused investments in underrepresented minority faculty, more specifically with postdoctoral researchers.)