Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

The Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences is firmly committed to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and nurturing diversity within the biomedical sciences. An extensive year-round recruitment program, aimed at increasing diversity was formalized over ten years ago, is continuously being enhanced and improved. Through a series of initiatives, overseen by Dr. Joel Oppenheim, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Sackler Institute, there has been a significant increase in both the number of under-represented minorities (URM) applying and matriculating to graduate programs at NYU School of Medicine during the past 17 years.

  • In 1992, there were only 2 URM students in the Sackler Institute. At the start of the 2009-2010 academic year, there are 40 URM students (~15.5 % of the graduate student population; 23 Hispanic, 17 African American and 2 Native American). This represents a 2000% increase over this period of time.
  • In the past 5 years, 30 URM students have received their doctorate degrees from Sackler programs (16 of whom went on to prestigious postdoctoral positions) and 6-7 more students are scheduled to defend in the 2009/2010 academic year.

According to NSF and AAMC data, this ranks NYU/Sackler in the top 10 programs in the US in the production of URM PhD’s in the biological and biomedical sciences.

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