With nationwide shortages of graduates in agricultural, environmental and life sciences disciplines projected in the near future, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences places a priority on recruiting well-qualified individuals from untapped segments of the population. Under the leadership of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the CALS Diversity Council, CALS offers several programs aimed at helping recruit and prepare underrepresented groups for opportunities available in these important fields.

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Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellows Initiative seeks to build on the progress made by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to increase opportunities for underrepresented postdoctoral fellows at the college.

Dr. Maria Melina Florez-Cuadros is the CALS 2017-19 Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow. Under the mentorship of Dr. Max Scott in the Department of Entomology, Dr. Florez-Cuadros is conducting independent research on the project “Development of male-only transgenic strains of the New World screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax”.

Dean’s Graduate Research Assistantship

The Dean’s Graduate Research Assistantship recruits highly competitive graduate students from underrepresented groups completing doctoral and master’s degrees in the agricultural and life sciences. View eligibility requirements, application process and selection criteria.


CAALS 3-D (Creating Awareness of Agriculture and Life Sciences Disciplines, Degree Programs and Discoveries) is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). The project targets the most underrepresented minority groups in the CALS student population: African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American males.*

*Beginning April 2017, this program also includes students from local high schools.