The Baker Lab is an inclusive, safe space dedicated to fostering a diverse community of researchers. We recognize that diverse communities are better able to generate new questions, research methods, and answers1,2.

At the same time, there are barriers to underrepresented groups in higher education and STEM in particular3. Therefore, we strive to actively create equity and promote diversity with the goal of inspiring and training a new generation of scientists and citizens4.


  1. Phillips, K. W. 2014. How Diversity Makes Us Smarter. Scientific American, 311(4):43-47.
  2. Nielson, M. W., et al. 2017. Opinion: Gender diversity leads to better science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(8):1740-1742.
  3. Strayhorn, Terrell L. 2010. Work in progress – Social barriers and supports to underrepresented minorities’ success in STEM fields. IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) pp.S1H-1.
  4. Carpi, Anthony et al. 2016. Cultivating minority scientists: Undergraduate research increases self-efficacy and career ambitions for underrepresented students in STEM. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 54(2):169-194.