Mentoring to Inspire Diversity in Science (MInDS) is a peer-mentorship group founded by graduate-level students of Johns Hopkins’ Biology Department. With representation from all years and concentrations spanning the Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics programs, MInDS prides itself on being an inclusive group with resources to mentor and foster the success of CMDB PhD students. Facilitating practice talks, oral exam prep, grant writing, career development, and thesis lab advising is just some of what we do.
MInDS also believes in diversity in science, both at Hopkins and in our communities at large. We engage in active K-12 outreach by hosting lessons and encouraging students to pursue careers in science, and many of our members travel to national conferences, such as SACNAS, to provide resources to and recruit undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through these efforts we share the joy of scientific exploration and aim to break down barriers to encourage its pursuit.