Diversity in the Sciences

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences formed the first college diversity committee on the MSU campus. Consisting of faculty, staff and students from all departments in the college, the committee meets regularly, hosts an annual spring picnic and makes recommendations to the dean. The latest recommendation is this website, which includes the posters you see below, prepared by the committee members and posted in the halls of the college. Click the link under Resources for grants and other opportunities.

"One piece of advice that resonates with me," states Dean Jahnke, "is that all university leaders must be diversity officers."

CNAS is committed to recruiting and nurturing future scientists from all walks of life and corners of the globe. Do you share an insatiable hunger for knowledge, a commitment to scientific research and a drive for discovery of the world and beyond? Then follow your passion, find your place, and make your MISSOURI STATEment with us. Read below for a few groundbreaking achievements in society and scientific contributions to humanity.

"Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who can do the things that no one can imagine." - quote from the 2014 film The Imitation Game, based on the life of Alan Turing.

Alan Turing - Computer Scientist

Alan Turing - Computer Scientist

Turing and team developed a code-breaking device that helped the Allied Forces win World War II, essentially "saving the world." He is credited as the first to pursue artificial intelligence. Recent movies The Imitation Game and Ex Machina reflect his influence.

Alhazen - Theoretical Scientist

Alhazen - Theoretical Scientist

Alhazen, born in (what is now known as) Iraq around 965 A.D., discovered that a hypothesis must be proven by experiments based on confirmable evidence or mathematical evidence.

Don Hamilton Barden - Hospitality Entrepeneur

Don Hamilton Barden - Hospitality Entrepreneur

Barden's first business was a record store in Detroit, MI, but he went on to build casinos in the midwest, the south, and even Las Vegas. A soft-spoken low-key man from humble beginnings, Barden followed his passion and found his place, a literal place.

Ernest Everett Just - Biologist

Ernest Everett Just - Biologist

Just made significant contributions to science in the area of fertilization and early development of various marine invertebrates and his work helped to establish the ecological development biology field.

George Washington Carver - Agricultural Chemist

George Washington Carver - Agricultural Chemist (born in southwest Missouri)

Carver's research perfected the concept of "crop rotation" to maintain the quality of the soil. This led to increased peanut production and the development of new products, transforming Southern agriculture and creating an over half billion dollar industry. Carver was a local, born 60+ miles west of MSU in Diamond, Missouri, just southeast of Joplin. A short drive from campus will take you to his birthplace, established in 1943 as the George Washington Carver National Monument, a 210-acre complex with various interactive attractions dedicated to his life and achievements.

Muhammad al-Idrisi - Geographer and Cartographer

Muhammad al-Idrisi - Geographer and Cartographer

Born around 1100 A.D. in Morocco, Africa, al-Idrisi traveled extensively and created a silver planisphere showing the known world in the 12th century. He also created a "world map" that was divided into seven climate zones and ten lines of longitude.