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Empowering disabled scientists through mentorship

Disabled scientists are under-represented in STEM and face additional barriers at all career stages. The DisabledInSTEM mentoring programme provides support, an opportunity to learn from others and a sense of community to empower disabled scientists and help them succeed in their careers.

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Fig. 1: The DisabledInSTEM mentorship programme in numbers.


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The author’s graduate education has been supported by the National Science Foundation graduate Research Fellowship Program (2019–2022) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship Program (2023–present), which has made it possible for them to succeed in STEM and pursue their advocacy.

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Correspondence to Alyssa T. Paparella.

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Paparella, A.T. Empowering disabled scientists through mentorship. Nat Rev Mater 9, 375–376 (2024).

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