UCSF Neuroscience is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusiveness in our program.

UCSF is committed to a diverse and inclusive graduate student population, which enhances the educational experience, the workplace, and the nature of scientific research. The Neuroscience Program is active with the following UCSF entities to achieve these goals.

  • The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach works to achieve the university’s mission of building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care.

For Undergraduates and Prospective Graduate Students

  • Summer Research Training Program (SRTP): The SRTP strives to encourage undergraduate students to pursue research in the biomedical, biological, and behavioral sciences, and to make them more competitive candidates for admission to Ph.D. programs in these areas. This 9-week program, largely sponsored by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), is open to students in their sophomore year and above, and provides an individualized laboratory research experience, co-curricular workshops, and social activities.
  • University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS): UC LEADS is a two-year program for UC juniors majoring in the fields of science, engineering, or mathematics who have a strong commitment to pursue a PhD in one of these fields. LEADS scholars conduct research with UCSF faculty, participate in academic enrichment programs, and attend an annual symposium with UC LEADS scholars from other UC institutions. The program also includes summer research experiences, travel to other UC campuses and professional and scientific society meetings.
  • Off-Campus Recruiting: Meet with Neuroscience and other UCSF faculty, students and administrators at events such as ABRCMS and SACNAS meetings, annual Society for Neuroscience meetings, research talks on your home campus and other national conferences and scientific meetings.

For Current Graduate Students

  • The National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD): Funded by the National institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD), this program is designed to improve the academic and research competitiveness of underrepresented minority students and facilitate their progress toward careers in biomedical research. Eligible students are nominated for this fellowship by their department upon their acceptance for graduate study, and awardees are provided with financial support for five years and co-curricular academic experiences that broaden their perspectives and marketable skills.