Our Programis strongly committed to improving racial and ethnic diversity in the biological sciences. We actively participate in several programs to attract underrepresented minorities to Duke graduate programs, summarized below. The Duke University Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) coordinate, supplement, and expand the recruiting efforts of all Duke graduate departments and programs. GSA staff, as well as ITEHP faculty members, visit numerous locations around the country to actively seek out talented minority students. Our active recruiting efforts have led to a rise in the number of applications to the basic biomedical sciences and to the ITEHP in particular. We hope that our continued efforts will encourage more minority students to consider becoming the “other kind of doctor.”
The Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), funded , provides opportunities for undergraduate students interested in cell and molecular biology to do research on the Duke campus and receive orientation and advice about graduate school.
Duke University’s Graduate School awards approximately 35 honorary Dean’s Graduate Fellowships to the strongest underrepresented minority students in the applicant pool. For students in the ITEHP, the fellowships are supplemental in nature, providing enhanced stipend support, tuition, and fees.
ITEHP fellowship promote diversity among its graduate students. Fellowships are provided to who—by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences—contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University. The ITEHP is committed to promoting diversity by encouraging nominations of students who are Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino Americans as well as students with disabilities, and from financially or culturally disadvantaged backgrounds. All candidates must be invited to interview and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend supplement each year for the first years of graduate study. Candidates who are eligible for this award will be vetted internally by the programcan be simultaneously nominated for university-wide fellowships such as the James B. Duke FellowshipThe Sherilynn Blackcan provide more information about opportunities for underrepresented
ITEHP is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations and federal and state privacy laws.
If you believe you may need and qualify for reasonable accommodations, please visit Duke’s Disability Management System (DMS) at for detailed information and procedures. The knowledgeable staff at DMS serve Duke’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students, trainees, employees, and faculty, as well as the public, in support of Duke University and Duke University Health System efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities. Through DMS, Duke ensures consistent processes for requesting accommodations, evaluating needs, and determining appropriate response,he DMS serves as a clearinghouse for disability-related information, procedures and services available at Duke, in Durham, and in North Carolina.
For additional information regarding Duke’s commitment to diversity, please see the five-part series on Diversity & Excellence produced by the Duke Office of News & Communications.