The Genomics training program believes that creative science is best done by bringing together diverse researchers who combine multiple backgrounds, perspectives, and approaches. We believe that a student body that is both highly qualified and diverse—in gender, race, ethnicity, culture and beliefs, socioeconomic background, physical ability, sexual orientation, and work-life interests—is key to achieving a greater level of innovation in education and research. We are particularly committed to training students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science, and preparing our trainees to be leaders and role models in a variety of research, teaching, biotechnology, and science policy careers.
Our faculty and students participate in multiple activities designed to improve graduate diversity and training. For example:
- We visit multiple institutions and conferences throughout the year to recruit students from diverse backgrounds
- We host undergraduate students for summer research projects in the Stanford Summer Research Program/Amgen Scholars program. Many of the participants in this fully funded summer program later apply for graduate study at Stanford.
- We encourage students to enroll in 8 week summer ADVANCE graduate school preparation program for newly admitted Ph.D. students
- We train all students in scientific hypothesis formulation, experimental design, presentation, and grant and fellowship preparation (Grant Writing Academy).
- We encourage our trainees to participate in multiple Stanford community-building organizations for underrepresented students.
We encourage our graduate students to teach science and to mentor area high school students in the SPLASH, Science from Scientists, Future Advancers in Science and Technology and High School to PhD Event programs.
- We run the "Stanford at the Tech" program to create hands-on genetics exhibits for public science education and inspiration at the San Jose Tech Museum.
- We offer tips and practical suggestions for preparing an effective application for graduate school.
- Applications to our program are available at reduced cost for students with financial need.
- We welcome students to join the Genetics Advocacy Team and the Genetics Advocacy Slack workspace.
- We require for graduation 60 hours of community service.
- We host speakers and seminars for the department featuring local and national speakers. Topics have included or will include antiracism in the department, research and medicine, and STEM education, Indigenous sovereignty in genetics research, improving the admissions pipeline, outreach across ages, and biomedical ethics.
- A key component is access to mentorship outside the lab. We are involved in mentorship initiatives across the biosciences: SoLID, Someone Like Me, and SBSA Peer Mentors, and others