Diversity and Inclusion
Our programs are dedicated to training young scientists from diverse backgrounds for successful careers in the biomedical sciences.
The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is firmly committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student and postdoctoral scholar population. We believe that advanced biomedical research and academic scholarship are enriched when informed by a diverse population composed of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with different perspectives, backgrounds, cultural experiences, thoughts, and ideas.
Graduate Student Demographics
“UTSW has a history of important scientific achievements as well as a large and diverse array of faculty in many fields of study.”
Genetics, Development and Disease Graduate Program
“I choose to come to UT Southwestern not only because I wanted to go to a top-tier medical school, but also top-tier graduate program. UTSW is one of precious few programs in the country that supports students to combine their passion for molecular biophysics and medicine.”
Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program
“I think the biophysics program at UT Southwestern has a rigorous and challenging curriculum while consistently providing exceptional support for graduate students.”
Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program
“The people here are friendly and helpful, there is ample opportunity to give back to underserved communities, and the cost of living in Dallas makes it so one doesn’t have to eat noodles every day.”
Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
“Attending UTSW was a no-brainer for me. The research community, science, medicine, and tradition of academic excellence made my choice fairly easy.”
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Diversity Student Organizations
Postdoctoral Program focused on Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows
The PROVIDES Program is the Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars. Our mission is to help increase diversity within the postdoctoral community at UT Southwestern and to support the successful transition of postdoctoral fellows into independent faculty positions.
This program is for graduating Ph.D. students who plan to pursue an academic faculty position.
Read about the PROVIDES Program launch to improve mentoring, recruitment, and scholarship.
A Message from the Associate Dean
The promotion of diversity in graduate education is a key facet of the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ strategic plan. Through collaboration with the Student Diversity and Inclusion office, we have achieved a substantial increase in the number of diversity applicants and matriculants into the Division of Basic Science Graduate Program in the past 20 years.
While only eight underrepresented minority students were enrolled in the Ph.D. programs within the Division of Basic Science in 1996, we currently (Fall 2020) have over 100 diversity students and postdoctoral scholars enrolled in our programs. From 2008-2019, our incoming U.S. graduate school class had an average of 27% minority graduate students.
UT Southwestern works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender identity and expression), gender identity or disability, and veteran status because an inclusive environment can advance scientific knowledge related to disease, enhance the quality of health care, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society. This priority is reflected in UT Southwestern’s various activities and initiatives.
We are committed to maintaining a supportive community in which diversity students are mentored in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals. My office provides academic support, advising, assistance in preparing fellowships, participation in diversity organizations and events, and opportunities for attendance at national diversity conferences. It also leads the development of a climate where all students and postdoctoral scholars feel supported and can succeed. I encourage prospective applicants, current graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to contact me to learn more about the resources and mentoring that are available.
Additional campus wide programs, events, initiatives and resources can be found through the UT Southwestern’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.