Get Involved

Several possibilities for getting involved are identified below, and at the bottom of this page you will find contact people to help you. Do note that you are encouraged to focus your efforts: the purpose of SEEDS is not to add unduly to your administrative burden; the purpose is to make your life better. Please help with those opportunities that interest you.

Speed Mentoring Events are just like speed dating. Faculty are arrayed in a room; students, postdocs or junior faculty offer their CVs (or some other short docent, such as one-page specific aims) as a focus for discussion. Mentees start interacting with one mentor. At the bell, the mentee has a short break to write down impressions, and then moves on to the next mentor. These intense interactions focus on a crucial career document and let people judge who may best suit them as a mentor. Events could be an hour or two; you can select the intervals: in initial trials, five- eight minutes suffices. SEEDS can supply a modest budget for refreshments after the event.

You can: 

  • Serve as a mentor, mentee or time-keeper at a speed-mentoring event.
  • Organize an event in your department/unit/school; you would need to:
    • Set a time
    • Reserve a room with tables and chairs; a comfortable quiet venue works best.
    • Contact SEEDS so we can post your event and help you with RSVPs. Having your event be an official part of the program is of vital importance to the program's continuation. Please don't omit this step!
    • Ask potential mentors and mentees to RSVP for your event at; you will be able to access the information at
    • Appoint someone to keep time
    • Acquire a timer and a buzzer: use one after 8 minutes to signal the 2 minute writing break; use the other (that has a different sound) to move mentees to the next mentor.
    • Have all participants sign in, and agree for photos of the event to be used the our website.
    • Take photographs and forward them to SEEDS for the web site.
    • Download and print assessment sheets for mentors and mentees. After the event, please encourage participants to complete them. If you would like quick feedback, then please have staff scan completed forms and email them to Or you can place them in campus mail to Marisol Capellan, 212 Cox Science Center, Coral Gables. 

You Choose Leadership Opportunities is a competition that will supply up to $2,500 to support an opportunity of the winning applicant’s choice. The opportunity could be attendance at a leadership training school, a short visit to establish a collaboration, etc. It is up to the applicant to identify the opportunity. Awards are given once per year.

You can: 

  • Apply!
  • Serve on the selection committee. We need reviewers and one judge from each school. Contact your school’s SEEDS representative (below). 

Nominate worthy women and minorities. Women and minorities are more seldom nominated for awards, internally or externally, and less often are chosen to speak at meetings, even when they are worthy.

You can: 

  • Form a group in your department or school whose focus is to assure that women and minorities are nominated.
  • If your department has an awards committee, join it; if not, induce your chair to form a committee.
  • Personally nominate your colleagues for worthy awards.
  • Nominate your women colleagues as speakers at local, national and international conferences. 

Professional skills workshops are particularly useful for women and minorities who are often left out of such training, but are valuable for all scientists. Indeed, improving the quality of professional development programs for all faculty has proven effective in addressing gender and race climate issues.

You can:

  • Consult with your colleagues: What kind of skills training would be helpful for you? Professional writing? Grantsmanship? Poster design and presentation? Speaking? Lab management? Developing good mentoring contacts and skills? Then, contact SEEDS pogram manager, Marisol Capellan, for help in arranging an event.

SEEDS Distinguished Scholars Lectures
Each year, for each science school, SEEDS has funds to bring in one prominent woman or other underrepresented minority scientist or engineer for a research seminar and a mentoring activity. In addition to inviting national scholars, SEEDS has funds from the provost that supports foreign travel for SEEDS women and minority speakers. This endeavor provides role models and professional networking opportunities for all our faculty and students, men and women.

You can: 

  • Nominate speakers: send an email with your nomination, including a paragraph on why the person should be chosen, to the SEEDS steering committee member for your school.
  • Help arrange visits.
  • Come to speakers' events
  • Host a mentoring event with a speaker: e.g., one venue is to have the speaker meet with a selected group of junior faculty, at a dinner at the host’s house. 

Networking is an efficient and cost-effective community-building program in which faculty experience near-immediate benefits. It can alleviate the isolation and its many adverse consequences that is typical in among women and minority scientists.

You can: 

  • Join or initiate a regular meeting of women faculty in your research area. These sessions pay dividends in sharing professional information. They also are highly useful in revealing that a problem you may be having is not due to your own special circumstances but is instead widespread, and in suggesting remedies. For current groups, see the SEEDS Networking page.
  • Develop mentoring relationships among faculty both within and outside your unit and university. 

If you have other ideas please contact SEEDS Program Manager or your SEEDS Steering Committee Member below.

Making Contact:
For UM-wide opportunities, contact the program manager Marisol Capellan at

Each school has SEEDS Steering Committee Members who can be contacted for local activities:

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS):
Professor Lisa Beal,
Associate Professor Paquita Zuidema,

Miller School of Medicine
Professor Mary Lou King

School of Engineering
Professor Helena Solo-Gabriele, Senior Associate Dean of Research

College of Arts and Sciences
 Professor Traci Ardren