Equity and Inclusion

Underrepresented Students

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and the University of California at Berkeley are actively committed to increasing diversity and excellence among our student population. Our research is enhanced by the diversity of perspectives provided by scientists from different backgrounds. As a department, we are committed to increasing the representation of historically under-represented groups among our graduate students and wider community:

  • because evidence shows that increasing diversity leads to increased creativity and innovation;
  • to ensure that sufficient numbers of biomedical scientists are recruited and trained from a population in which no group is a majority;
  • to produce maximally effective, culturally sensitive biomedical researchers and health care professionals attuned to challenges affecting all components of our increasingly diverse population;
  • to ensure that scholars at all levels are provided with role models for training and advancement, thereby recruiting the next generations of scientists.

Students with Disabilities

We encourage applications from students with disabilities, early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations and resources. The Disabled Students Program (DSP) is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. 

The following links provide information about diversity resources in the College of Letters & Science and at the University of California at Berkeley.

The MCB department is proud to be a member of the following national organizations:

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Every year MCB faculty and staff attend these two national conferences to provide information about the opportunities in our department. Please look for us at this year's conferences which will be held on the following dates:

SACNAS: October 19 - 21, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT

ABRCMS: November 1 - 4, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ

For more information or questions, please contact the College of Letters & Science Biological Sciences Diversity Coordinator.