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Student Diversity


The Molecular Biology Program is committed to increasing diversity in our student body. As such, we provide training opportunities to increase the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical sciences such as: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. Typically, 15% of Molecular Biology students are from underrepresented groups. The Program continues in its efforts to increase the number of minority, disabled, and disadvantaged students, with the goal of training individuals from these underrepresented groups to become important contributors to the biomedical research field.

For undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are contemplating graduate school and a research career in the biomedical sciences, the University of Colorado has a Summer Research Internship Program termed GEMS (Graduate Experience for Multicultural Students). This is a nine-week Summer program designed largely for college Sophomores and Juniors with majors in the sciences. The Program includes some didactic courses, seminars, laboratory research and social events. For more information on the GEMS program, contact Sonia Flores, Director of GEMS (sonia.flores@ucdenver.edu).

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has a long tradition of fostering diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. As a major metropolitan area, Denver also has a rich diversity of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. For more information on cultural diversity in the University and in the Denver area, link to diversity.