Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) and UW–Madison campus as a whole work to support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the sciences. Information about IPiB and campus-wide initiatives, programming, and communities appears below.

More resources appear on the IPiB Resources page. The Dean of Students Office remains a primary resource to connect students to campus and community resources and to report incidents. Learn more about accessibility at the Accessibility @ UW–Madison website and other student resources available through the McBurney Disability Resource Center.

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IPiB is committed to providing an outstanding graduate education to a diverse group of talented students. We have a moral obligation to ensure that our community is welcoming to all and that the people who identify and solve the most fascinating scientific questions are representative of the society that science serves. We commit to the continual pursuit of an equitable structure and climate for all trainees, staff, and faculty in the IPiB community. We aim to foster an inclusive environment where ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives within our community are shared, respected, and enacted through action-oriented and meaningful improvement of our practices and climate.

IPiB Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


  • All IPiB students receive an annual stipend and tuition remission for the duration of their studies. Fee waivers are available, and GRE scores are not required for IPiB. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
  • IPiB is continually exploring how to improve support for students and recognizes that the graduate school interviewing season poses a financial burden to prospective students. Beginning with the incoming fall 2023 class, IPiB has provided winter coats during prospective student visits to students who may not be able to afford one for a single recruiting weekend.
  • Prospective IPiB students outside the U.S. attend virtual group meetings with students and faculty and interview with IPiB faculty virtually. The UW–Madison International Student Services (ISS) office provides information for international students, such as transitioning to life in Wisconsin and the United States.
  • Current IPiB students and staff represent the program at the annual SACNAS, ABRCMS, and/or AISES conferences, and travel scholarships are available to those who attend.

Mentorship and Training

  • First-year IPiB students are assigned a student mentor.
  • Faculty on the IPiB Admissions Committee are required to complete a one-time workshop through the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) aiming to help committees conduct fair, thorough, effective searches. All IPiB faculty are required to participate in “Entering Mentoring” workshops developed by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).
  • IPiB faculty are required to complete sexual harassment training when they join the program and once every four years thereafter. They are strongly encouraged to complete an unconscious bias training offered through WISELI or to learn about unconscious bias through other campus resources.


  • IPiB faculty are encouraged to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion throughout their courses, and at the beginning of each semester at minimum.
  • IPiB faculty are encouraged to invite guest speakers from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups to give research lectures and seminars.
  • IPiB students are required to take a Responsible Conduct of Research course during the fall semester of their first year of study and a refresher course every four years thereafter. The IPiB course covers research misconduct and related topics as well as bias in STEM environments, the importance of diversity in science, culturally aware practices in STEM, realizing work-life satisfaction, mental health resources, and more.


  • IPiB faculty can host an undergraduate researcher for a summer project. Several programs are available on campus, including Biological Interactions through WISCIENCE, the PEOPLE Program, and the Indigenous Working Group.
  • Other opportunities include mentoring researchers from the Menominee Tribal College and hosting high school students for summer research.


  • IPiB invites scientists who also have expertise in DEI spaces to give seminars on their research and DEI work as part of the Biochemistry Colloquium seminar series.

Climate Survey

  • IPiB distributes an annual survey each spring to assess program climate. Survey data are disseminated to the IPiB community and are used to focus initiatives, measure progress, and take action.

Book Club

  • GLDC organizes an annual book club to highlight and discuss DEI in STEM. The inaugural book club was held in summer 2022.

Tea Time

  • The Graduate Leadership and Development Committee (GLDC) organizes monthly tea time events during which the IPiB community comes together to talk about life and research. Themed events highlight the cultural diversity in IPiB.


  • IPiB students working in labs in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) or the Morgridge Institute can attend BADGRS @ the WID meetings. Meetings are grad-student only discussions guided by prompts and case studies. Meetings are a safe space for students to share experiences, listen, empathize and reflect.
  • In the past, GLDC has also hosted meetings using the BADGRS @ the WID format.

Let’s Talk Space

  • GLDC and University Health Services provide Let’s Talk spaces for graduate students to express needs and concerns with mental health providers in a safe and confidential environment.

Campus Resources and Organizations

Graduate School

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

  • CALS provides a curated list of recommended resources spanning everything from student organizations, programs and committees focused on diversity and inclusion, to campus-wide student support programs and advising units, community engagement resources, and more.

School of Medicine and Public Health

  • A webpage similar to the one published by CALS is under development as of Jan. 2023.

Financial and Basic Needs

  • Students can search for many scholarship opportunities on campus using the UW–Madison Scholarship Hub. The Biochemistry Department offers scholarships to IPiB graduate students, including the Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award and the Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. Several fellowships are also available.
  • Basic needs resources are offered through both UW–Madison and the Madison community. Basic Needs Assistants are available to help students navigate resources. The Dean of Students Office website includes information about food access programs including the Badger FARE program.

Other Programs and Opportunities

  • Some IPiB students have joined Project Short, a student-led organization committed to working to shrink the socioeconomic gap in medical and graduate school.
  • SMDP Biotech is a one-year career mentoring program that pairs ethnically diverse students with industry mentors.
  • IPiB students and encouraged to consider applying for the annual Rising Stars in Health Sciences Research program at the University of Utah.

Madison Area Resources (Miscellaneous)

  • Madison Friends of International Students connects UW international students with local residents to foster cultural exchange, global goodwill, and friendships around the world.
  • Learn more about City of Madison civil rights programs here.