Mentoring and highlighting future leaders in the life and biomedical sciences
June 21-22, 2022

The objective of this workshop is to increase diversity among faculty members in the life and biomedical sciences by providing mentorship and leadership development opportunities for young scientists, as well as a forum for learning about challenges faced by scientists of diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. The Rockefeller University will host a group of select postdoctoral fellows for a two-day campus visit where they will i) present in a symposium and receive feedback and mentorship on seminar presentation, ii) learn about the basics of a successful ‘chalk talk’ presentation, and iii) participate in panel discussions and workshops focused on the tenure-track faculty application and search process, and strategies for starting an independent lab. Selected participants will have the opportunity to interact and connect with Rockefeller University faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students, providing a mechanism to enhance their future research support network.

Applications sought from postdoctoral researchers who are working in U.S. academic institutions and are individuals of racial, ethnic and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and other groups that are underrepresented in the life and biomedical sciences. Participants will be selected based on the excellence of their past scientific contributions and future research vision, as well as a brief personal statement highlighting how their experiences have shaped their scientific trajectory.


The Rockefeller University gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors for both the inaugural Exceptional Scholars Workshop and the newly launched Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative.

Laureate ($100,000)

William E. Ford

Simons Foundation

Luminary ($50,000)

Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis

Merck & Co., Inc.

Benefactor ($25,000)

Global Blood Therapeutics

McKinsey & Company

David Sze and Kathleen Donohue

Patron ($15,000)

Sandra J. Horbach and Steven F. Skoler

Royalty Pharma

Sponsor ($10,000)


Friend ($5,000)

Equum Medical

Regina and Jeffrey Kessler

Andrew and Suzanne Plump