We believe that the best science comes from including diverse perspectives and talent and that, because disparities in science education are entrenched, supporting diverse faculty and students requires purposeful investment and attention. The Tesar Lab enriches science education by forging strong ties with the campus and Greater Cleveland communities and working directly with students to foster their sense of belonging in science, nurture their interests, and provide them with the skills they need to continue succeeding.
Enhancing Science Education in Greater Cleveland
Each year, the Tesar Lab collaborates with Rise Up: Northeast Ohio, a 501(c)3 nonprofit
that aims to transform science education in Cleveland public middle and high schools. Co-founded by Marissa Scavuzzo, Andrew Scavuzzo, and Paul Tesar, Rise Up provides year-long active science exposure and opportunities to students with limited resources, the vast majority of whom are underrepresented minorities in science and medicine. Volunteers from the Tesar Lab work one-on-one with students during summer research experiences and serve as mentors to guide students’ development as budding scientists.
Mentoring Underrepresented Students and Graduates
Paul Tesar is committed to creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students to receive the individualized support they need to succeed in science and medicine. One way he does this is by serving as a mentor with three campus programs that serve minority students and those from other backgrounds underrepresented in science: the Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity program, the Youth Engaged in Science (YES) program, and the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).
Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Environment
All members of the Tesar Lab contribute to creating an inclusive and equitable environment where their colleagues have opportunities to advance the lab’s mission and know they are part of a tight-knit community. In particular, Dr. Tesar advocates for policies to support women and families so that parents and guardians can advance the research they are passionate about.