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Students Historically Underrepresented in the Sciences

Emory University values diversity. As a community, we recognize that students from groups not traditionally present in the university bring new perspectives that enrich the fields of graduate study and enhance the educational experience of all students. We encourage applications from all qualified students, including those historically underrepresented in the sciences (including students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students).

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) has a proven track record of enrolling and graduating underrepresented students, particularly African American students. Over a seven-year period, Diverse Educations Top 100 Degree producers list the GDBBS in the Top 10 nationally for graduating African American students from our Ph.D. programs (see archives). Since 2010, the GDBBS has ranked 4th, 9th, 2nd, 7th, 4th, 9th, and 10th nationally.

The recent grant we received from the NIH to fund the initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) is a reflection of our commitment to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce. The IMSD program focuses on multi-level mentoring, research integrity, and career preparation and planning to foster competitive graduate school and postdoctoral applications. Additionally, Emory is one of ten schools who will be partnering with Xavier University on its new $19.5 million grant, "Project PATHWAY: Building Integrated Pathways to Independence for Diverse Biomedical Researchers."

Emory is committed to enhancing diversity and fostering the development of talent from elementary school through postgraduate studies.Emory provides all persons an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and services afforded to others.Please see the Laney Graduate Schools Statement on Diversity and Admissions. The Office of Accessibility Services assists qualified students in obtaining a variety of services (i.e., alternative testing, notetaking, interpreting, advocacy, mobility/transportation, etc.) and ensures that all matters of equal access, reasonable accommodation, and compliance are properly addressed. Students and employees must register and request services from Disability Services at Emory University or Oxford College. Confidentiality is honored and maintained.

Application Fees Waived!

If you are a student historically underrepresented in the sciences and are interested in obtaining a fee waiver please contact Kathy Smith for more information. She may be reached at kathy.smith@emory.edu or at 404-727-2547.

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Our Comprehensive Pipeline

Emory College is committed to valuing difference and ensuring that the students, faculty, staff, and administrators are diverse in ethnicity, gender, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, and physical ability. At the same time, we are unified in the goal of achieving academic excellence and preparing for life and work in a global society. We strive to offer multicultural and gender-balanced education in the curriculum, instruction, and services that address learning and physical disabilities and support for staff and faculty development.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results. At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.

The Graduate School offers three types of highly competitive fellowships for biomedical science students: the Woodruff Fellowship, the Centennial Scholars Fellowship (CS), and the Laney Graduate School Fellowship (LGSF). These programs supplement the standard graduate fellowships offered to all students.