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ISTG - The Innovative Science & Technology Group - is a Chicago-founded non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to the advancement of science and technology in underserved communities primarily within the US and Africa.

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2019 Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program - The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) is now accepting applications for the class of 2019. Apply today!

FFCEP is the cornerstone of our recruitment strategy and critical to the success of RIT’s diversity goals. We bring brilliant scholars who are nearing the end of their doctoral or MFA studies, as well as post-docs and junior faculty, to experience RIT as a prospective faculty member. When you participate in this program, you’ll have the chance to discover RIT’s unique teaching and research philosophy from our world-renowned faculty. The FFCEP program allows you to engage RIT Deans and Department Chairs in your academic work and career interests. You’ll also learn about current and upcoming position openings. This is not a job placement program, but rather an opportunity for you to experience what life as an RIT faculty member would be like during all-expenses-paid trip to Rochester, New York.

Who Should Apply?

-- Individuals able to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences. We are primarily interested in applicants of African American, Latin American, American Indian, or Alaskan Native descent, and others who are underrepresented and under-served in teaching professions at RIT.

-- Are within a year or two of receiving, or already received, a PhD or MFA degree, Postdoctoral assignment or a junior level faculty.
-- Desire a rewarding academic teaching and research career at an exceptional institution.

-- Receiving degrees in disciplines offered at RIT. For a complete list of programs offered, visit

--Demonstrate a potential to fill current or anticipated vacancies.

--Able to travel to Rochester, New York, for the duration of the entire program.

Apply Today!

To be considered for the program, please fill out and submit an online application using the link below. You will be required to submit your CV (résumé), cover letter that includes your statement of diversity, teaching statement, and research statement. Application Deadline has been extended to May 22, 2019. Apply Today!

Ghana Club Code in Fundraising Mode - Ghana Club Code, an afterschool digital club introducing children between the ages of 8-17 to basic programming skills, is currently fundraising, to assist in their fundraising effort and to support them please go to their Global Giving page:
To visit Ghana Club Code’s website, please go to:

ISTG Research and Analysis Institute - ISTG is proud to announce the official launch of the ISTG Research and Analysis Institute. The chief goal of this ISTG initiative is to provide various national and international stakeholders unique, reliable and relevant data (both quantitative and qualitative), as well as to offer pertinent analysis.

Joining Hive Chicago, the NCWIT K-12 Alliance and the VC4Africa's network- ISTG is pleased to announce that it has recently joined the Hive Chicago's network, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) K-12 Alliance and the VC4Africa network of partners. We are looking forward to collaborate and partner with these organizations and their respective networks.

ISTG Internships & Fellowships - ISTG is offering internsip & fellowship opportunities. If you are interested in becoming an ISTG intern or fellow, please contact us. For more information, please go to: ISTG Internships & Fellowships.

ISTG presented at conference -ISTG presented a highly successful session at the 22nd Annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, a four-day conference held in Arlington, Virginia from October 29 – November 1, 2015. This institute was hosted by The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and is the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the US, seeking careers in academia to become college professors, included over 1,100 scholars who attended the institute by invitation only.

In addition, ISTG also presented a workshop session at The IMPACT Conference held on February 18 – 21, 2016 at University of Massachusetts, in Amherst Massachusetts. According to The IMPACT Conference's website: “The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. The mission of IMPACT is to connect, educate, and mobilize college students, nonprofit professionals, and educators to strengthen their communities through service, action, and advocacy”.

Coming soon

SISTEM® one-on-one with Ms. Joey Rosenberg, Global Leadership Director, Women Who Code.

SISTEM® one-on-one from Austin, Texas with Ms. Maci Peterson, Founder and CEO of On Second Thought: An app that let you recall or take back text messages.

SISTEM® one-on-one from Santa Cruz, California with Ms. Ruiz-Decker, Communications & Marketing Manager of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

SISTEM® one-on-one Ms. Lisa Dezzutti, President of Women In Technology (WIT).

SISTEM® one-on-one from Houston, Texas with Will Davis, National President of MAES-Latinos in Science and Engineering.

SISTEM® one-on-one from San Francisco, California with Ms. Kelty Davis, Program Officer of Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), Institute of International Education (IIE).

SISTEM® one-on-one from San Diego, California with Ms. Leslie Fishlock Founder and CEO of Geek Girl Corporation.

Current featured ISTG's articles

-SISTEM® one-on-one with Mr. Mohamed Kante, Visionary and Chief Nerd, iNERDE: Empowering Youth with Opportunity.

-SISTEM® one-on-one with Mr. Tom Jackson and Ms. Gabriella Mulligan, Founders of Disrupt Africa.

- Viewpoints® one-on-one with M.D.H., Ph.D: A Pharmaceutical Scientist's Perspective on STEM Education.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Calgary, Canada with Mr. Noah Arney, Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP) Administrator, the Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal University.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Boston, Massachusetts with Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, Founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Tanger, Morocco with Mr. Mustapha Ouardouz, Founder of FabLab Tanger.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with Ms. Talitha Hampton, National President of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and with Dr. Malinda Gilmore, Board Chair of NOBCChE.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Greenbelt, Maryland with Dr. Carrie Brown, President of the National Dental Association (NDA).

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Alexandria, Egypt with Mr. Amr EL Shair, Founder of Alexandria Hackerspace.

- Viewpoints® one-on-one Mr. Terrell Morton and Ms. Mariel D. Friberg: Why STEM? - Part II.

- Viewpoints® one-on-one Mr. Abdallah Diagne, Ms. Jennifer Nicholas and Ms. Adrienne Eastland: Why STEM? - Part I.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Accra, Ghana with Ms. Ernestina Edem Appiah, Founder of Ghana Code Club: An afterschool digital club introducing children between the ages of 8-17 to basic programming skills.

- SISTEM® one-on-one from Brooklyn, New York with Ms. Beth Rosenberg, Founder and Director of Tech Kids Unlimited: A not-for-profit technology-based educational organization for kids ages 8 to 18 with special needs.

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