IQB Inclusive Leadership Award

IQB is committed to preparing undergraduate and graduate education students for the scientific workforce in alignment with the university’s diversity strategic plan priorities.

The IQB Inclusive Leadership Award has been established to honor members whose achievements in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access initiatives display a high level of excellence and distinction. It seeks to recognize IQB members' exceptional ability and promise for significant future DEI achievements.

This award will support travel to either the National Diversity In STEM Conference (hosted by SACNAS/Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) or the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS).

IQB seeks applications/nominations from IQB members, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and faculty by October 31st annually.

Applications/nominations consist of a paragraph describing the prospective recipients work in inclusive leadership development such as training, mentoring, or other DEIA-related activities. Submissions should be sent via email to


2022 Award: Elizabeth Rosenzweig

Elizabeth recently excelled at Rutgers’ PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PDLA)  and has secured a position on the School of Graduate Studies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board. Previously, Elizabeth ran a chapter of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, where Elizabeth secured a grant from the NY State Department of Education to provide self-advocate input into a mainstreaming education program called ASD Nest, which provides a supportive environment to a mix of autistic and non-autistic students to help them learn and socialize together. 90% of the funds went directly to economically disadvantaged autistic adults, and the other 10% went to benefit the national ASAN organization. Moreover, she chaired the Young Professional special interest group for Women in Technology (WIT), a large professional networking organization in the DC area and was vice president of the Biomedical Informatics Baccalaureate student group at New York City College of Technology.