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Stanford Biosciences

Inclusion and Belonging

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Inclusion and belonging is fundamental to our mission to advance scientific thought, train the next generation of leaders and innovators, and impact the world.

Stanford Biosciences supports its diverse student body in their endeavors to make a difference in our labs, our seminars, our campus, and our community. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to take advantage of inclusion and belonging programs, from research fellowships to symposia and organizations that discuss relevant issues at Stanford and beyond.

Our Commitment

Stanford University, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Stanford Biosciences Home Programs are committed to fostering a diverse community in which all individuals are welcomed, respected, and supported to achieve their full potential. We recognize that there are many different aspects to your identity, including culture, socioeconomic and educational background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, life experiences, hobbies, and interests. We value diverse perspectives because we believe that interaction with people with unique backgrounds and life experiences allows us to reach a greater level of innovation in education, research, and clinical care.

Supporting Students

Our Home Programs, together with our Programs & Diversity Office, are committed to cultivating a supportive, collegial atmosphere and to meeting the needs and interests of each and every student. We encourage you to learn more about the offices and organizations that foster inclusion, from the Office of Diversity and Leadership to BioAIMS, as well as events and mentoring that connect students and postdocs to a wider community that includes faculty and alumni.

The Stanford Biosciences Home Programs provide full, competitive financial support for all of our enrolled students. We encourage all of our scholars to apply  for outside fellowships and grants, and we will encourage and mentor you with your applications. We value the creativity of each and every student and work to provide support so that all students can identify and pursue new research directions consistent with their interests.

Building Community

Many students choose to give back to the campus and Bay Area communities, mentoring younger students or participating in outreach and education that help expand our community beyond Stanford. You can get involved in recruitment, as well, joining faculty and diversity officers in attending national science research conferences to attract talented undergraduates interested in the biosciences.