Diversity Initiatives

Throughout the year, the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) hosts many opportunities for outreach, recruiting, and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. There are a number of ways that faculty members can get involved and these are outlined below. To indicate which programs or initiatives you would like to participate in, please fill out this survey or contact Samar Fahmy or Terrance Mayes.

Outreach and Recruitment

An important component of encouraging promising undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to apply to Stanford is to engage with these students through campus visits or by speaking with them at conferences. As such, throughout the year, you have the opportunity to give talks on various campuses (specifically focusing on Minority Serving Institutions or campuses with active Diversity Student Organizations). For example, if you are already planning to visit a city close to one of our targeted campuses, we have funding to support faculty members who wish to extend your visit in order to engage with students by:

  • Meeting informally with students to discuss research, graduate school, or career options
  • Giving a talk about your research
  • Giving a talk on the graduate school admission process (materials provided by OGE)

Target Campuses

Northern California

Institution City
California State University, East Bay Hayward, CA
California State, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University San Jose, CA
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
University of California, Davis Davis, CA
University of California, Merced Merced, CA

Southern California

Institution City
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA
California State, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
California State, San Marcos San Marcos, CA
San Diego State University San Diego, CA
University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
University of California, Riverside Riverside, CA
University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
University of San Diego San Diego, CA

Western Region

Institution City
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM
University of Arizona Tuscon, Arizona
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Eastern Region

Institution City
The George Washington University Washington, DC
Georgetown University Washington, DC
Howard University Washington, DC
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore, MD

Southern Region

Institution City
Emory University Atlanta, GA
Florida International University Miami, FL
The Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
Morehouse College Atlanta, GA
Spelman College Atlanta, GA
Tulane University New Orleans, LA
University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
Xavier University New Orleans, LA

Other Campuses

Institution City
Chicago State University Chicago, IL
The City University of New York New York, NY
Michigan State University Lansing, MI
Northwestern University Evanston, IL
Penn State University State College, PA
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
University of Chicago Chicago, IL
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan, PR


We also highly encourage faculty to participate in recruitment at several minority research conferences across then nation, each year. Faculty can serve as poster judges, speakers, panelists, or do meet with students at a recruitment table. If you are interested in participating any of these conferences please contact Samar Fahmy at samarf@stanford.edu who will be able to help coordinate.

Recruitment at Conferences

Institution City Date
Diversity Forum (Northern California) Rohnert Park, CA April, 18, 2015
NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair Bethesda, MD July 15, 2015
Leadership Alliance National Symposium Stamford, CT July 24-26, 2015
Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Annual Conference Washington, D.C. October 29-31, 2015
Diversity Forum (Southern California) Santa Barbara, CA November 7, 2015
Annual Biomedical Research Conferences for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Seattle, WA November 11-14, 2015
American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference Phoenix, AZ November 19-21, 2015
Ivy Plus Symposium Princeton, NJ March 2016

On Campus Events

Institution Date
Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Premedical Student Conference February 21, 2015
Bioscience Diversity Luncheon March 6, 2015
Berkeley McNair Conference July 30-August 2, 2015
STANDOUT COI October 2016


Faculty mentorship is an important aspect of any student's research career. Students from diverse backgrounds are often in greater need of supportive mentoring relationships with faculty members. Mentoring can include advising on courses, providing guidance on a research project, or assisting students during the job search process. Many students find it useful to talk to someone who isn't judging their work directly. There are several opportunities for you to become involved with mentoring students through the Stanford Biosciences:

Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)

This 9-week research-focused summer program offers approximately 40 undergraduate students (primarily from diverse backgrounds) the opportunity to complete a research project with you, a Stanford faculty member. During the summer, the student joins a research lab and works on an independent project determined by you and the student. As you are there to shape the overall goals of the project, the student is usually also given a graduate student or postdoc mentor to work with on a daily basis. In addition, we are always interested in having faculty give talks to our students throughout the summer. While most talks will focus on your research, our students also benefit greatly from hearing about your experience as a scientist and learning how you became a researcher at Stanford.

SSRP Website

Stanford Institute of Medicine Summer Research (SIMR)

Similar to SSRP, SIMR offers high-achieving high school students the chance to complete summer research projects at Stanford with a faculty member.

SIMR Website

ADVANCE Summer Institute

This 8-week research-focused program offers incoming PhD students from the Biosciences the opportunity to come to Stanford the summer before their first year and complete an early research rotation. During the summer, the student joins the lab and develops her or her own rotation project with your assistance. There are also a number of opportunities to give talks or sit on panels during the ADVANCE Summer Institute.

Note: Generally, students complete rotations in a lab affiliated with the Home Program to which they have been admitted.


The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program's (SMYSP) Summer Residential Program

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program's (SMYSP) Summer Residential Program is an annual five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program that takes place annually from mid-June to late July. The Summer Residential Program bolsters student's science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers. Faculty may participate by giving a talk on your research, hosting a tour of your lab, or by offering to serve as an informal mentor for program participants.

SMYSP Website

Second Mentor Program

We encourage students to find a "second mentor" who provides scientific and career advice from a distinct perspective. Most mentors are found informally, but through OGE, more and more groups are being formed to bring students and faculty together.

Second Mentor Program webpage

Biomedical Association for the Interests of Minority Students (BioAIMs)

BioAIMs hosts events to promote and celebrate diversity on the SOM campus. As a faculty member, there are a number of ways you can become involved with the organization, such as hosting workshops, or serving on a panel hosted by the organization. In addition, as the events are open to the entire SOM community, attending BioAIMs events is a great way to show your support for increasing diversity on our campus.

BioAIMS Website

University Sponsored Opportunities

Stanford University's Office of Science Outreach (OSO)

OSO encourages and assists Stanford faculty to engage in science outreach -- organized activities targeted at our nation's youth, schoolteachers, and general public that will increase their interest, understanding, and involvement in math, science, and engineering. OSO serves faculty by helping them create outreach project ideas and proposals, identifying potential partners for them (both within Stanford as well as K-14 schools, science museums, etc.), and facilitating information and resource sharing among all of the University's science outreach programs. In addition, the OSO directs several programs in which Stanford faculty and their students can participate.

OSO Website

For more information or to participate in any of these activities please contact Samar Fahmy or Terrance Mayes.

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