Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating our Differences

We are dedicate to maintaining a climate of inclusiveness and celebrating our rich scientific community. To accomplish this, Duke’s Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity (OBGD) recruits talented students from all types of underrepresented groups through institutional partnerships, departmental initiatives, and national conferences.

Duke’s OBGD supports diversity through:

  • Mentoring programs that support students through their PhD program.
  • Development opportunities that help students reach their career goals.
  • Academic enrichment groups that foster productive scientific discussions.
  • Social activities that bring together students and faculty to share ideas and common values.

Biochemistry Diversity and Inclusion Committee

With strong support from the department, the Biochemistry Diversity and Inclusion Committee—consisting of PhDs, postdocs, and faculty—promotes a welcoming environment, provides a platform for student community outreach, and encourages faculty and student attendance at national conferences for underrepresented minorities in the sciences. 


BioCoRE is funded in part by an NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) to construct a strong and diverse bioscience community across the School of Medicine, the Graduate School, Trinity College, and the Pratt School of Engineering. Graduate and undergraduate students compete for a slot to be part of Duke BioCoRE, with decisions based on your fit with the program’s goals.

BioCoRE's benefits include:

  • Early Start–full stipend for August of first year
  • Beginning research and community building during Early Start
  • Enhanced advising and specialized mentoring
  • Funds for scientific conference travel
  • Scientific and career development programs
  • Social gatherings with BioCoRE community
  • Synergy with PhD Graduate Programs

BioCoRe was built to:

  • Promote student development through research experiences, engagement with faculty, and career instruction.
  • Build vertical advising and mentoring relationships between undergraduate, graduate students and faculty in the bioscience community.

The BioCoRE Annual Symposium convenes over 200 renowned faculty from underrepresented groups and faculty that study minority issues, administrators from North Carolina institutions, and students to:

  • Hear nationally-acclaimed speakers address current research topics and diversity programs in science.
  • Showcase student research in oral and poster presentations.
  • Convene discussions on student career development.
  • Provide student workshops on research promotion, optimizing research, mentee relationships, and surviving setbacks.

Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

For underrepresented minority undergraduates (in and outside Duke University) interested in pursuing a PhD program in the biological sciences, our SROP provides a summer of mentored research along with a unique social experience. Research comes first, but also included during the 10-week program are game nights, dinners out, shopping excursions, a night at the Durham Bulls, and a tour of the world-renown Duke Lemur center. SROP students are often matched with current research that’s happening in the Biochemistry department. Over the years, we’ve been happy to welcome many SROP alumni into our graduate program. All underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion helps foster a climate where faculty, students and staff experience a true sense of belonging while thriving and contributing their best work. Its goal is to attract and retain diverse, outstanding talent who are fully engaged and positively impact how we teach, work, learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.

Office for Institutional Equity

The Office for Institutional Equity upholds the university’s equal opportunity and affirmative action, provides diversity and inclusion services, and is where students can lodge complaints and concerns.

The Office of Postdoctoral Services

The Office of Postdoctoral Services is a central resource for postdoctoral appointees, and serves as a liaison between postdocs, faculty, administrators, and staff. It provides services such as orientation seminars, career development programs, exit surveys, and prepares Duke postdocs for successful careers.