The Center for Reproductive Science (CRS) has a strong commitment to building a diverse, sustaining and inclusive community at Northwestern.
Northwestern has many diversity programs and underrepresented student organizations that cultivate an inclusive environment that is aimed at educational success. We at the CRS continue to build bridges with organizations within and outside of Northwestern, striving to create a community of scientists that supports our ever growing and evolving student population.
The Graduate School (TGS) makes it a priority to cultivate an environment that values diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, and provides support services available to all members of the Northwestern community.
TGS Inclusive Community:
Northwestern has a rich tradition of student associations that provide social and educational resources to URM populations. TGS sponsored student associations and activities include:
- Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Comunidad Latinx (CLX)
- Graduate Student Association for Latino and Spanish Activities (G-SALSA)
- Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN)
- Queer Pride Graduate Student Association (QPGSA)
Learn more about available Northwestern Campus Resources.
Resources for Graduate Students:
Upon matriculation at Northwestern, TGS has mechanisms of graduate education support to bolster academic excellence of URM students.
The Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB) Program is an NIGMS R25 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program that supports young scholars who may not have had an undergraduate career that was as research-focused or academically rigorous as other students. This program provides students help with transition skills, scientific communication strategies, and studying tips to succeed in competitive graduate programs. Five URM students are funded annually through the CLIMB program for the first two years of their PhD programs.
The TGS Diversity Peer Mentor Program partners first year students with current doctoral students who can provide firsthand advice on navigating graduate school, and the TGS Office of Diversity and Inclusion reinforces this peer mentorship through sponsorship of social events.
Science in Society is a center aimed at enhancing scientific communication, providing career advancement programming and encourages mentorship development opportunities between graduate students and underserved pre-baccalaureate students.
Diversity requires full participation and equal access for all, and through Accessible NU, students who self-identify as having a disability work with trained staff to establish reasonable accommodations that ensure that learning milestones and degree requirements are met.
Resources for Post-Doctoral Fellows:
Northwestern is committed to enhancing and promoting diversity at the post-graduate level as well. For example, TGS offers programs to increase URM populations in the next generation of STEM faculty. Northwestern is a part of the NSF AGEP Professorial Advancement Initiative whose aim is to increase the pool of underrepresented postdocs recruited to and trained at Big Ten institutions and preparing them for faculty positions.
Northwestern is also an active member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), and through an NSF CIRTL AGEP Inclusive Excellence and Improved Climate for Future Faculty Grant, collaboratively prepares future STEM faculty for excellence in research and teaching.
Learn more about TGS partner organizations.
Through the TGS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, faculty, students and staff are sponsored to attend recruiting events at targeted Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) which provide prospective students exposure to STEM+ graduate programs at Northwestern. Faculty and administrators regularly attend and recruit at conferences featuring research from URM populations, including:
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS)
These events allow wide distribution of recruitment materials about available training programs and research opportunities and also allow targeted one-on-one recruitment interactions to take place.
The Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN) program funds a two-day visit to Northwestern for diverse students interested in STEM+ doctoral programs. During the visit, participants are exposed to the research environment through lab tours, poster sessions, and interactions with faculty and students.
In addition, the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an eight-week program in which URM students engage in full-time research in a setting similar to graduate school. Participants are matched with faculty depending on research interests, perform research, and present their research findings at the SROP research forum. Rising seniors in SROP who are recommended by their faculty advisors are invited to submit graduate school applications to Northwestern in the early fall and are rendered a decision by mid-fall through The Graduate School Early Admission and Decision Process (EADP).
The CRS partners with many organizations on campus to promote diversity and inclusion:
- The Women’s Health Research Institute created the Women’s Health Science Program (WHSP) for High School Girls & beyond to provide science education programs to females from underserved communities. WHSP targets young women who are considering careers in science and medicine and prepares them with valuable knowledge and skills to successfully become the next generation of women science leaders.
- The Oncofertility Consortium is a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. We annually attend the Oncofertility Consortium Conference each fall.
- Through Northwestern’s Science in Society, Science Club is an afterschool, mentor-based science program for middle school youth. This program brings graduate student mentors together with small groups of students to conduct fun and engaging scientific investivations.
- Through the Museum of Science and Industry, HerStory is an outreach event for young females who are curious about science. Volunteer’s include scientists and graduate students who speak with the students about their experiences and motivations in science and higher education.