Selected resources for students with disabilities pursuing higher education in science or engineering fields collected from former REU students, graduate students, faculty mentors, and educators are available on this page. These recommendations reflect the views of the site authors (Drs. Booksh and Rozovsky) only.
How to apply for a graduate program
The chemistry graduate school experience
Looking for additional REU programs?
See the National Science Foundation website showing the available REUs in Chemistry
See the National Science Foundation Leadership group for Chemistry REU
Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities by Annemarie Ross (Author) and Todd Pagano (Author) – Open access book at http://scholarworks.rit.edu/ritbooks/2/
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences by Amazon link) (
ACS Book “Accessibility in the Laboratory” Editor(s): Ellen Sweet, Wendy Strobel Gower, Carl E. Heltzel
Programs supporting college students with disabilities
Learning Ally announces College Success Program for blind or visually impaired college students
The NIH’s PREP program (https://www.nigms.nih.gov/training/PREP/Pages/default.aspx). PREP is a post-bac program for students from under-represented minorities (including those with disabilities) to gain more research experience and work on professional development prior to applying for graduate school.
Fellowships specific to students with disabilities
ACS Chemists with Disabilities Travel Award offers travel support for a chemist with disabilities who will be presenting a talk or poster at the ACS meeting.
Info for this award can be found at:
Support network and related resources
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
Diversity in STEM – personal stories
Wiersma Nature article Wiersma
Hoogstraten Science article (Depression) Fightingthroughthedarkness
New York Times opinion page about disability
Scientific American magazine’s blog Our Disabilities Have Made Us Better Scientists
Frequently Asked Questions
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