The Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity focuses extensively on bringing talented underrepresented applicants to biomedical science graduate programs at Duke. We work closely with the Graduate School in many of our recruitment efforts, which include:
Institutional Partnerships: The OBGD Director has formed several institutional partnerships with universities and agencies across the country that are committed to broadening participation in the sciences. We are pleased to work with all institutions that are committed to positively supporting students in reaching their full scientific potential. Please contact the OBGD Director for more information on this effort.
Conference Travel: The OBGD Director, other administrators, faculty, and students travel each year to the Society for the Advancement for Chicano and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists (ABRCMS) conferences to meet and recruit talented underrepresented prospects for Duke scientific graduate programs. These national conferences, which are committed to recognizing the achievements of underrepresented scientists, provide a platform for OBGD to connect with many prospective students and share the unique programmatic initiatives and support offered at Duke University.
Departmental Initiatives: OBGD hosts a series of events and initiatives during the graduate admissions process. We work in coordination with each PhD department and program to ensure that each underrepresented applicant experiences a customized level of support and engagement as they prepare to matriculate at Duke. Currently enrolled OBGD students and members of the student-led Duke Bouchet Society and Duke SACNAS Chapter contribute significantly to these efforts.