Rainbow Ag Network

Inclusive Scientists. Inclusive Science.

We understand that the best science emerges when our researchers can bring their whole selves to the team. We created the Rainbow Ag Network (RAN) to foster a fully inclusive environment in our research groups and learning environments. Through this initiative, prospective research team members at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and technical levels in the LGBTQ+ community can readily identify research groups where faculty members have received training in LGBTQ+ issues and are committed to fostering a fully inclusive environment.

The RAN is a sibling to the Rainbow Science Network, an initiative created by the Eberly College of Science.


LGBTQ+ people experience unique challenges in life -- in college and at work -- and there are additional challenges that come from being a scientist or engineer. The College of Ag Sciences recognizes the value that diversity brings to the research enterprise, and talented scientists are to be found among the LGBTQ+ community. The Rainbow Ag Network is designed to support and facilitate research training for LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and research staff.

The concept is simple: The RAN is a list of research faculty who have undergone two Penn State--provided training courses designed to increase the understanding of issues facing LGBTQ+ people and are committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive research group:

The RAN list can be used to help students, postdoctoral scholars, and research staff identify a group where they can bring their whole self to the research environment; however, there is no requirement to be 'out.' Trainees can find additional details about research-active faculty and how to apply for research opportunities on departmental websites or through the programs listed below.

Please note: In all programs, consideration for admission does not involve being part of the LGBTQ+ community. You are under no obligation to disclose your status.


Penn State Policies and Reporting Resources

Instructional Resources

International LGBTQ+ STEM Organizations