Pipeline Development

Encourage and mentor talented students and trainees. Involve students/trainees in your research. Minority supplements from NIH provide stipends for involvement of minority students from high school through medical school as well as junior faculty. Learn more about grant information. Programs to foster the development of future minority faculty exist at several levels within URMC.

High school students

Science and Technology Entry Program: Students in grades eight through twelve, who belong to groups historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions, or who are economically disadvantaged are selected to participate in The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry's Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). STEP is designed to stimulate and maintain participants' interest in career development opportunities in medicine and the health care professions. Students are exposed to a variety of academic and professional skill development opportunities to enhance their problem solving, critical thinking and test taking skills. One aspect of the Program's strength is in its emphasis on active or "hands-on" learning. STEP students have the opportunity to work directly with physicians, technical staff, certified teachers, medical, and graduate students.

Undergraduates

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

This is an 8-week program that helps prepare undergraduates for application to medical or dental school through participation in shadowing experiences, MCAT preparation classes and a mentored research project, with an established investigator, that they present at the end of the summer to their peers and faculty mentors. Applicants from colleges throughout the country are matched with mentors, feel free to visit the SURF web page for more information.

McNair Scholars

This is a federally funded program to encourage minorities which helps prepare economically disadvantaged students and/or underrepresented minority students for graduate school through a summer research program or an academic year program. Academic requirements and screening processes are well established and students receive extensive support through the Office of the Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences. Mentored research is a component of both the summer program and the academic year program. Visit the McNair webpage.

Kearns Center Scholars.

The David Kearns Center at the University of Rochester provides a number of services and financial support to low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students throughout the educational pipeline in an effort to promote successful careers in scientific disciplines. Learn more about the Kearns Center Scholars program.

Endocrine Society:

The Minority Affairs Committee, in collaboration with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) Program, offers the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) for Minority Students. The Program offers Summer Research Opportunities to support the growth of promising minority undergraduate students wishing to spend eight weeks during the summer recess studying endocrine research and learning new research techniques in the labs of Society members.Feel free to checkout the Endocrine webpage.

Graduate students

Graduate Women In Sciences:

GWIS provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester Medical Center and College of Arts and Sciences. Meetings tap into expertise and experience available at the Medical Center and College, and they also include presentations from outside guest speakers.Visit the Graduate Women In Science webpage.

Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP)

Originally funded by NIH, is designed specifically to increase participation of under-represented minorities in biomedical research. This yearlong program allows participants to gain additional skills needed to matriculate in a graduate program while working on a supervised research project. Feel Free to visit the Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program webpage.

Oral Cellular and Molecular Biology Program:

The primary objective of the Oral Cellular and Molecular Biology Program is to train individuals committed to careers in oral science in the approaches of cellular and molecular biology. Training is provided in these areas to the Ph.D. level for dentists, students beginning their 4th year of dental school, and predoctoral candidates who have a commitment to careers in oral biology. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting minority students, career counseling and follow-up to help summer trainees.

Postdoctoral fellows

The Southern Regional Education Board

is a nationwide organization founded in 1993 to help produce more PhDs and encourage them to enter careers in academics. This organization has a database of PhDs and graduates students in a variety of disciplines who can be contacted about opportunities for post-doctoral research.For more information visit Southern Regional Education Board webpage.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students:

A 3-day conference designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. Visit abrcms webpage for more information.

Residents and Clinical fellows

Several specialties have developed programs to reach out to groups that are underrepresented in medicine and science to foster greater participation in academic medicine and dentistry. American Society of Clinical Oncologists- Funded by the Susan Komen foundation, the Diversity in Oncology Initiative includes funds for loan repayment, a medical student rotation and a resident travel award. See: TACF Awards webpage for more information.

Endocrine Society

The Minority Affairs Committee

In collaboration with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Career Program, offers the Summer Research Opportunity Program for Minority Students. The Program will offer Summer Research Opportunities to support the growth of promising minority undergraduate students wishing to spend eight weeks during the summer recess studying endocrine research and learning new research techniques in the labs of Society members. Visit minority activities webpage for more information.