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Goals and Achievements

Goals & Achievements

Biochemistry's Funded Trainees 2022

Funding Support for Training Students and Enhancing Diversity

Over the past five years, Biochemistry has achieved remarkable, sustained success at increasing the diversity of PhD students working within our department. Currently, over 30% of Biochemistry students come from racial/ethnic backgrounds that are strongly underrepresented in the sciences, including black (African or African American), Hispanic/Latin American, Native American, and Pacific Islander. This diversity is a reflection of the broader success of our umbrella Bioscience PhD Programs and the dedicated efforts of faculty, students, and staff across many departments at enhancing and supporting the diversity of our incoming PhD-student body. Our ability to recruit these diverse students to Biochemistry also reflects the scientific excellence and the positive and inclusive mentoring environment within our department that we have worked hard to achieve and strive to continue improving.

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Biochemistry's Trainee Support Fund

Biochemistry’s UGiving Day

Biochemistry’s UGiving Day event is coming soon - March 28 and 29, 2023! Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 to establish an emergency support fund to help our trainees to cover unexpected expenses. These funds can make the difference between completing a graduate program or perhaps pausing career goals and aspirations. You can already donate to the starter fund!


  • Broadly engage Biochemistry community in efforts to improve diversity and inclusion across department activities
  • Improve communication of department values and efforts
  • Increase awareness of equity/inclusion challenges in science by diverse communities
  • Increase departmental diversity at all levels, especially among postdocs and faculty

Recent Achievements

  • Strong graduate student diversity
  • Vibrant participation in local SACNAS chapter
  • Increased funding to support diversity/inclusion efforts
  • Formation of small "working groups" to address challenge areas
2022 Biochemistry PhD Student Diversity