The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) and UW–Madison campus as a whole work to support diversity in the sciences and provide numerous mentoring, funding, and professional development resources.
Starting with admissions, IPiB strives to promote diversity. Eligible students may receive an application fee waiver from the Graduate School. More information can be found at our Admissions page. Additionally, in 2018 the program removed the GRE requirement, recognizing it does not correlate with the success of a graduate student and puts some at a disadvantage.
While on campus, many students from underrepresented backgrounds receive other resources, such as funding from sources that support diversity in science and medicine. There is a strong STEM Diversity Network on campus.
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.UW–Madison Institutional Statement on Diversity
Current Volunteer Opportunities
SACNAS, AISES, and ABRCMS have announced they are going virtual for the fall National Conferences. There are several opportunities to represent IPiB at these conferences including serving at our virtual booth and signing up for one-on-one mentoring sessions to meet with undergraduate researchers attending SACNAS. Please submit a request to attend these conferences to Melissa Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alessandro Senes (email@example.com).
AVID/TOPS– AVID/TOPS is a high-intensity, in-school and out-of-school partnership between Madison Metropolitan School District (AVID) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County (TOPS – Teens of Promise) focused on supporting students to develop the writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading skills needed to be college and career ready. They are looking for people willing to lead science education experiences. Please contact Judi Simcox (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
UW Now presentation (July 24, 2020) from Letters and Sciences Dean Eric Wilcots, psychology professor Patricia Devine, and Cheryl Gittens, the interim chief diversity officer and assistant vice provost in UW–Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, discussing the efforts and aspirations to build a more diverse and inclusive climate on the UW Madison campus.
Resources for further study
Teaching Resource: The Black STEM in the Ivory Symposium sent a slideshow to highlight Black scientists and engineers that was distributed to all attendees to celebrate sciences hidden voices. You can find it here if interested.
Women in STEMM leadership roles Talk Series offered by NIH
Indigenous Scholars may be interested in utilizing the resources available at Freedom Lodge, an initiative led by Dr. Ruby Gibson https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/voice-choice-and-power-healing-intergenerational-trauma-dr