About this award

Through this award, we aim to recognize and support outstanding, continuing research or teaching/mentoring methods that advance diversity, inclusion, and equity within STEM fields across U.S. higher education institutions. In selecting a recipient, Two Sigma evaluates the impact of professors’ achievements in the following areas:

Research or creative work

Advancement of new knowledge that improves access and opportunity, strengthens understanding of diversity and inclusion, and/or has the potential to improve the quality of life among underrepresented groups in the nominee’s field of study.

Teaching or mentoring

• Development and implementation of effective graduate or undergraduate instruction or advising strategies that meaningfully advance the education of students from underrepresented groups.
• Mentoring undergraduate or graduate students who are members of groups that are underrepresented in their field and/or whose background and experiences contribute to campus diversity.

For the purpose of this award, we consider underrepresented groups to include those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, person with a disability, and/or LGBTQI+.

Payment of the award is made directly to the university and will be distributed as per university guidelines and policies. Please note, the total award will not exceed $75,000 USD. If the recipient is no longer eligible to receive funding pursuant to their university’s guidelines and policies, for example if they transfer to a different university, the award may cease. The award will also be subject to agreement between Two Sigma and the university regarding the terms of the award, and any applicable legal and compliance restrictions.