The Graduate Division is dedicated to recruiting historically marginalized and underrepresented in science undergraduate and graduate students. To accomplish this goal, we lead and organize the following outreach initiatives.

Summer Research Training Program

Undergraduate students who want to gain valuable research experience and boost their chances of successfully applying for graduate school will want to look into the excellent and longstanding 10-week SRTP program.

Recruitment at Conferences

The Graduate Division sends staff and sponsors historically underrepresented and marginalized students and faculty to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Our efforts at these conferences focus on connecting current students and faculty with prospective applicants who have exceptional research records. Application fee waivers are currently offered for prospective students who connect with one of our representatives at these conferences. Look for our exhibit booth! Other conferences to recruit historically underrepresented and marginalized students, at discipline-specific conferences include:



More information about conferences to come.

Recruitment visits to undergraduate campuses

The Graduate Division sponsors faculty and student outreach visit to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses, focusing on Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). During these visits, faculty and student presenters connect directly with local STEM diversity offices and faculty allies to present to groups of interested undergraduates. The presenters share their research and provide information about UCSF’s graduate programs and Summer Research Training Program. The visits are organized by the UCSF Faculty Diversity Committee, led by Professor Carol Gross. To learn more about these visits or learn how to participate, please contact Jennifer Thompson.

In 2019, UCSF received UC-Historically Black College and University (HBCU) funding for the CAN DO Undergraduate Scholars Program for Reducing Oral Health Disparities (PI: Ann Lazar, Oral Epidemiology), to expand our efforts in diversifying our PhD programs. Three CAN DO undergraduates from Howard University will be participating in UCSF’s Summer Research Training Program to gain research experience, to broaden their peer network with other undergraduates, and to participate in professional development activities, including the undergraduate poster presentation at the end of their summer experience. If you are a faculty member interested in establishing relationships with HBCUs, contact Dr. D'Anne Duncan, assistant dean for diversity and learner success.

Path to the PhD

The Science and Health Education Partnership at UCSF offers numerous opportunities for graduate students to inspire middle and high school students to become future scientists. These opportunities encourage students to work in the community and build valuable teaching and mentoring skills while they are studying for the PhD.

In collaboration with UCSF's Center for Science Education and Outreach, UCSF's Graduate Division offers the annual outreach program, Inside UCSF, for students at two- and four-year institutions interested in pursuing a career in research.