How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

APLUA new report addresses the lack of diversity in the biomedical research force and offers strategies for increasing the number of researchers from underrepresented groups. The report was prepared by the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Medical Colleges, with financial support from the National Institutes of Health.

The report examines four key areas that the authors believe are essential in order to increase diversity in biomedical research positions.

  • The impact of university leadership and institutional climate on the success of underrepresented  students and faculty in STEM and the biomedical sciences.
  • Efforts to develop student talent and increase retention and graduation rates of students in STEM fields.
  • Recruitment and admissions of underrepresented students to graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.
  • Programs to increase the diversity of faculty in graduate STEM programs.

The report makes recommendations on strategies in all four areas mentioned above that should be considered in order to advance diversity in biomedical research.

The full report, Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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