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Equity & Inclusion Educational Resources

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Promoting Excellence through Diversity

Below is a list of educational opportunities that may be available to you if you are a member of a group that is under-represented in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. We encourage you to consider an application to our school and recognize our commitment to helping you succeed. UR Welcome Here

Equity and inclusion are core values at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Bringing these values and our institution’s vision to fruition requires an ongoing commitment to ensuring an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for everyone within our community. Our office closely works and shares resources with the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion to cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence at both our School of Medicine and Dentistry and overall Medical Center


  • PREP
    The Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is designed to encourage students from populations underrepresented in science and medicine who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in the biomedically relevant sciences, to pursue a research doctorate, and to prepare these trainees for careers as outstanding research scientists and leaders in the biomedical community.
  • Summer Scholars
    The Summer Scholars program is designed to encourage students from populations underrepresented in science and medicine who are interested in a PhD degree in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences and for students with a potential interest in attending graduate school at the University of Rochester. The summer program will provide enhanced research opportunities in Cellular and Molecular Biology to promising undergraduates, so as to encourage these students to pursue graduate education and careers in the Biological Sciences.


  • URSMD Meliora Scholarship
    This prestigious and generous scholarship will be awarded to one or more incoming PhD students who demonstrate exceptional promise for success at UofR. The Meliora Scholarship provides a one-time award during the first semester in addition to the standard full-tuition PhD scholarship, stipend, and paid health insurance. Awardees are notified at the time of admission and are nominated by faculty reviewers.
  • Clinical Medical Technology program full scholarship
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is proud to offer a scholarship, representing the full cost of tuition for those whose background is underrepresented in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the Clinical Medical Technology Advanced Certificate Program. Visit the program page for more details and to apply.
  • Application fee waiver
    An offer for all students meeting selected criteria to have their application fee waived to any PhD, MS, or Adv Cert program regardless of their application date. Email for more details.


You'll find cutting edge research on hundreds of topics undertaken by several thousand students, postdocs, and faculty researchers at the University of Rochester, fueled by over $140M in annual grants from NIH and additional funding from other granting agencies.

Visit our Research Newsroom to catch the latest headlines and check out these few projects below that exemplify our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through our collective work.

  • Researchers across multiple labs affiliated with our PhD Toxicology program, currently investigate the impact of environmental contaminants on health and are discovering growing evidence that racial disparities contribute to the larger risk assessment picture in relation to exposures and access to health care.
  • Recent studies by the Portman Lab, affiliated with the PhD programs in Genetics, Development, and Stem Cells and Neuroscience, suggest that the assignment of biological sex at the molecular and cellular level is dynamic and flexible, rather than binary and static. This work, carried out in the nematode C. elegans, was recently published in Current Biology. Learn more in the NeURoscience blog post: Study: Biology Blurs Line Between Sexes, Behaviors.
  • Neuroscience faculty Patricia White conducts research on hearing signaling and restoration. Read about her projects. MD/PhD Neuroscience student Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus holds a grant from the National Center for Deafness and Communication Disorders for his research work. Learn more in the NeURoscience blog post: Student Spotlight: Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus.

Additional Resources

Equity & Anti-Racism Action Plan

Student Clubs and Affinity Groups

Neuroscience Diversity Commission

URMC Faculty Out and Ally list

Rochester Pride
Rochester Pride Parade

URMC Networking Resources

  • Association of Minority Residents and Fellows
  • Women in Science and Medicine Faculty Advisory Committee
  • LGBT Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Minority Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Medical Student Affinity and Interest Groups
    • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
    • Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)
    • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
    • Physicians for Human Rights
    • Rochester Medical Accessibility Coalition (RMAC)
    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Graduate Student Affinity Groups
    • Graduate Women in Science
    • Graduate Students of Color
    • outGRADS

Latino Professional Alliance Marching
Latino Professional Alliance at March

Educational & Cultural Programs

  • Tana Grady-Weliky, MD Annual Lecture on Women and Minorities in Medicine
  • Third Thursdays Performing Arts and Culture
  • Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at URMC (annual poster event)
  • Diversity Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Biennial Conference on Healthcare Disparities
  • UR Annual Diversity Conference

UR Affinity Groups

  • Four Directions (Native American)
  • Latino Professional Alliance at UR
  • Minority Male Leadership Association
  • Pride Alliance at UR
  • Sankofa (formerly African American Network)
  • South Asian Professional Networking Association
  • Veterans Alliance
  • Women’s Leadership Alliance
  • Young Leaders at UR