Monday was a big day for the 116 new students in Stanford’s biosciences PhD programs. It was the the first day of coursework, and students received their white lab coat at a ceremony that evening. “Welcome to all of you as you begin what will be one of the most significant journeys of your lives,” Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, told them during the celebration.
As I wrote in an online piece on the new students:
This class is… one of the most diverse in the school’s history, with 25 percent of new doctoral students coming from underrepresented backgrounds in the biosciences. “Diversity has been a major focus of the dean and of our team,” [William Talbot, PhD, the medical school’s senior associate dean for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs] said. The school has increased outreach programs, recruitment visits across the country and community-building to provide a welcoming environment for all students in an effort to increase its diversity levels, he said.
The School of Medicine also set records this year with its recruitment statistics: It received 2,030 applications of which 174 were offered admissions and 116 accepted.
Previously: A big welcome for Stanford med students, Financial freedom allows Stanford bioscience graduate students to pursue personal passions, First-year science graduate students enter brave new world, and An oath of professionalism for biomedical graduate students
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