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Foundation for Science and Disability

The Foundation for Science and Disability (FSD) is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Richard Mankin, FSD President, has posted the Foundation's pages on this USDA web site as a public service to encourage participation of persons with disabilities in the scientific work force. However, the USDA and FSD are separate entities. These pages present information about the FSD history and current activities.


  Vision and history of FSD  : (downloadable Informational Brochure) : Donations, Membership Application/Dues Form : Contact us

Download Graduate Student Grant Application Form and instructions

What's New?

Here is an Inside Higher Ed  2021 report on diversity in science

Here are reports on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the National Academy of Sciences  (2021)  link to psyllid bioassay device and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2022) link to psyllid bioassay device

 Unfortunately, neither says much about progress on inclusion of persons with disabilities into the scientific community. However, FSD does have a longstanding program for increasing opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre‑medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities:  The Science Graduate Student Grant Fund is available to fourth year undergraduates (who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences) and graduate science students who have a disability.  Awards of $1000 each are made to support research projects of qualified university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.


Juan Alarcon, a student in the Department of Chemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL. was selected for the 2022 FSD Graduate Student Grant Award. Juan’s dissertation research is titled “Molecular mechanisms of rocket fuel combustion,” and combines empirical data from ultrafast laser spectroscopy of charge transfer processes in molecular dyes with theoretical understanding and predictions of combustion processes.

Here is a link to a recent article on acousticians with hearing losses that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Acoustics Today


2022 Annual Meeting Minutes
Foundation for Science and Disability Newsletter, Summer 2021
Pictures from the Annual meetings and links to recent workshops and publications are listed on the FSD Facebook page


   FSD is now on Facebook and on LinkedIn!

Links to other Recent News, Resources and Organizations/Archives of previous activities and Annual meeting minutes
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