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Diversity News Highlights
  • Applications open next week for the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Please share the word that applications for the APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) open next week and will remain open until November 1. Learn more about the 2014 sites and the application procedure here .
  • Katherine Myers, George Washington University, won the 2012 Jefferson Science Associates Thesis Prize for her doctoral thesis. Myers presented her thesis research at the Jefferson Lab Users Group Annual Meeting, held May 29-31.
  • Have a look at this wonderful video from Project Lead The Way made with students from Hilliard Davidson High School in Columbus, OH with an appearance by OSU's Shawna Fletcher and OSU's women engineers. Thanks to Terri Schulz and Jennifer Cahill at PLTW for sharing it with WEPAN! This will remind you why you work hard every day to advance women in engineering! Enjoy!
  • Millennials struggle with confrontation at work: Besides entering the workforce with unrealistic confidence and expectations, young people also can have problems resolving disputes.
  • Bias Persists for Women of Science, a Study Finds: Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded.
  • Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women and Science. The following link features young women scientists and engineers who wowed the President and the nation at the White House Science Fair in February.

Diversity Statement from the Director

Jefferson Lab's Diversity Program is integrated with the laboratory's mission. We value the contributions of all people regardless of their differences. Our emphasis is on people and the environment in which they work.
Because the laboratory's mission is scientific, our Diversity Program seeks to enhance scientific discourse. The goals of the laboratory's Diversity Program are:

1. To create and maintain a professional, ethical and respectful work environment in which everyone contributes to the laboratory's mission; and
2. To maintain and encourage a workforce composed of qualified people who proportionally represent the diversity of their professions.
3. To increase diversity within the laboratory and the broader scientific and engineering communities in the nation.



Diversity in an organization can include a variety of characteristics, and many of them are represented in Jefferson Lab's population. Jefferson Lab's Diversity Program is aligned with our mission and values the contributions of all people, regardless of their differences. 

  Our employees come from 26 countries other than the United States and every continent except Antarctica.
  22.3% of our workforce is female.
  4 Generations comprise the work force at JLab: Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y.
  54.37% of our workforce has at least a Bachelor's Degree. Of these, 49.7% have a graduate degree.
Job Type
  Scientists compose the largest job group at JLab, with Technicians second.

Our emphasis is on our people and the environment in which they work. We recognize, value, and affirm that diversity contributes richness to the Lab community and enhances the quality of life for individuals and groups. We take pride in our various achievements and we celebrate our differences. We believe that diversity can lead to the excellence, passion and innovation needed to respond to our nation's scientific and technological challenges.

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