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Association of Multicultural Scientists

The Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS) is a graduate student and Postdoctoral Scholar run organization seeking to promote the advancement of diversity and inclusion within biomedical sciences by supporting individuals from groups that have historically been underrepresented in biomedical research and science. AMS is founded on the premise that in order to establish and maintain diversity within the scientific community, it is imperative that members belonging to historically underrepresented groups be present, active, and supported. AMS believes that in order to foster welcoming environments for all students, trainees/scholars, staff, and faculty, proactive initiatives must be in place. Our primary role is to assist members by offering programs and support which will meet academic, social, and professional needs in an atmosphere of cultural context and comfort. This organization is open to all students, trainees/scholars, faculty, and staff with an interest in fostering and supporting diversity in biomedical research and science.

AMS is an organization formed and led by graduate students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the biomedical sciences at the University of Iowa.

We welcome new members:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students (including MSTP)
  • Postdoctoral Scholars
  • Faculty

All individuals with an interest in fostering and supporting diversity in the biomedical sciences are invited to participate.

AMS Resources

DEI Resource Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars and Graduate Students



  • Co-Presidents: Kyleakin Helm-Kwasny, Yassine Filali

  • Membership and Recruitment Chair: Alexis Ramos

  • Fiscal Management Chair: Avery Van De Water

  • Social Events Chair - Kshitija Kale

  • Graduate Student Organization Liaison: Mekhla Singhani

  • Professional Development Chair: Jyoti Arora

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Email: iowaams@uiowa.edu

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