The 2024 competition is currently closed. We will announce our next competition towards the end of 2024.

The JEDI alumni award is designed to promote career progression and retention for junior faculty from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM. Awardees will be partnered with an LSEF coach for a 1-2 year commitment, with the goal of submitting 2-3 manuscripts or grant proposals. Former JEDI awardees who are at the Assistant or Associate Professor stage are eligible to apply.

Dr. Michelle Mendoza (2021 JEDI Awardee) was selected as the inaugural JEDI Alumni Awardee. Dr. Mendoza is an Assistant Professor at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah. The Mendoza lab focuses on deciphering the intricate interplay between biochemical signals and physical forces driving cancer cell invasion, particularly in lung cancer. Michelle will be working one-on-one with LSEF volunteer Dr. Kristen Mueller.

Dr. Crystal Rogers (2021 JEDI awardee) was awarded a JEDI Alumni Award, in recognition of her service to the Life Science Editors Foundation. Dr. Rogers is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis. The Rogers lab explores early vertebrate embryo development, focusing on cell fate determination, adhesion dynamics, and the neural crest transition. Crystal will be working one-on-one with LSEF volunteer Dr. Angela Andersen.

…when the stories of women who didn’t know each other and who worked in different departments, different fields, and under many different administrations came together, the pattern emerged very clearly, the similarity of experiences was startling. It was the coming together of the women in a group that allowed the pattern to emerge and that painted such a compelling picture.

Dr. Nancy Hopkins, Experience of Women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the book Women in the Chemical Workforce: A Workshop Report to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2000.



Our volunteers have invested >1000 hours, equivalent to >100,000 USD to help JEDI awardees achieve their goals.

Photo (L to R): Graduate Student Ms. M. Florencia Menduni, Undergraduate Student Ms. Carla Costamagna, JEDI Awardee Dr. Mariela Monteoliva, Dr. M. Carla Guzzo, Dr. M. Soraya Salloum


Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) awards are offered quarterly to scientists from around the world who face unfair obstacles to career progression in academia. Awardees receive feedback on and/or a language edit from one of our volunteers. Deadlines: March 10, June 10, September 10, December 10.

Photo: JEDI Awardee Dr. Nirosha Murugan


There is talent everywhere. Yet, people are being excluded from the scientific community. We want to change the scientific culture to make it more inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

Photo (L to R): Dr. Annie McPherson, Graduate Student Mr. Ziad Jowhar, Dr. Anita Corbett 

…Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in…”

Mr. John Lewis, civil rights leader and congressman.


We will assess preprints from scientists who are underrepresented in STEM to showcase their contributions.

Photo (L to R): Dr. Prachi Anand, Graduate Student Ms. Juliette Gorson, Dr. Mandë Holford

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Mr. Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist


Our unique team of volunteers includes scientific editors, grant specialists, and researchers who provide “behind-the-scenes” knowledge, valuable coaching and diverse networks.

Photo (L to R): Dr. Marta Shahbazi, Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

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