As a result of funding by the USDA NIFA, the STE Lab is actively researching the exchange and use of genetic material by scientists in government, university, and industry to understand how regulation of biological material affects collaboration and research outcomes. Additionally, the STE Lab is currently conducting research on data from three NSF funded studies. Two of the studies examine the role that social and professional networks play in the career success and satisfaction of women and under-represented minorities in academic science and engineering. Additionally, the STE Lab is investigating the factors that contribute to decisions by academic scientists and engineers to disclose or patent inventions. Researchers involved in these projects include Drs. Eric Welch, Mary Feeney, Yonghong Wu and Myoung Jin Lee. Project details are listed below.
The proposal addresses the characteristics and role of networks in career advancement, outcomes, and mentoring for women and underrepresented minority academic scientists in non-Research I institutions.
This research aims to develop a policy-relevant understanding of genetic resources access, use and benefit sharing practices of the US food and agriculture user community, with an emphasis on examining the importance of foreign sources of genetic resources to US stakeholders.
The project proposed a study that examines how social and professional networks mediate the conversion of women's qualifications to career outcomes and specifically addresses how and why do networks matter for women's career outcomes in science and engineering.
The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Branch seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation.