Minority Outreach/Training

The Department of Pathology has been consistently successful at recruiting under-represented minorities (African, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific islanders) into its graduate program. Such minorities typically comprise 13% of the student population in the program. Over the years, Duke University has made strong and concerted efforts to recruit under-represented minorities into its various graduate programs. These efforts include providing a Duke Endowment Fund to supplement special minority graduate fellowships.

The Graduate School also has a "Building Bridges" program, in which Duke Faculty visit historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the fall, and faculty from the HBCUs visit Duke in the spring. The Office of Graduate Student Affairs under the leadership of Associate Dean Jacqueline Looney has taken a strong proactive role in minority recruitment, especially into the graduate programs. Dr. Looney is an African-American with strong interests in enhancing minority representation among Ph.Ds. Members of her office have conducted trips across the United States contacting undergraduates interested in graduate school, and providing a database of student information.

For the past 18 years, Duke has conducted a 10 week long summer research program called the Duke Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), aimed at exposing prospective undergraduate students to basic science research. This program, directed by Dr. Soman Abraham (DGS of the Pathology Department) and Dr. Meta Kuehn (DGS of the Biochemistry Department) and administered by the Graduate Students Affairs office, brings in high caliber and highly motivated minority students from all over the U.S. to receive rigorous training in graduate-level biomedical research. This program, designed for students who are seriously considering joining a Ph.D. Graduate Program following the completion of their undergraduate degree, is extremely successful with most trainees advancing for graduate study at well-known universities such as Harvard, Yale, Michigan, etc. Up to 10% of these students choose to attend Duke University to receive graduate-level training.