Training the next generation of cancer researchers

Diversity & Minority Resources


CABTRAC promotes the recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities in cancer research. The following information and links are programs and organizations that support the inclusion of under-represented and diverse individuals in scientific research including programs and grants available to Minority Trainees.

NIH Definitions: The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting and individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be convincingly demonstrated to be underrepresented by the grantee institution may be included in the recruitment and retention plan. Individuals with disabilities are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

2009 CABTRAC Diversity Report          2010 CABTRAC Diversity Report


Diversity Recruitment and Retention Requirement for NRSA Training Grants:

Strategies and Resources to Enhance Diversity: NIGMS accepts institutional predoctoral and postdoctoral training grant (T32) applications to support promising students and fellows seeking research training in basic biomedical sciences and related behavioral and clinical fields. The goal of these programs is to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative research training in areas relevant to the NIGMS mission. Programs are required to demonstrate successful efforts to recruit and retain a diverse trainee population, including students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities.

NIGMS Training, Workforce Development & Diversity Programs

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)

The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) Diversity Training Branch (DTB), leads NCI’s efforts in the training of students and investigators from diverse populations who will be part of the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research. CRCHD is committed to providing training and career development funding opportunities to students and researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students and researchers are supported at all stages of their education and career to ensure a continuum of training and career development opportunities.

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral students, attracting approximately 3,300 individuals – including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics, and many have conducted independent research. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. More than 500 representatives from graduate programs at US colleges and universities as well as scientists from government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies join ABRCMS in the exhibitors program to share information about graduate school and summer internship opportunities. These representatives present research opportunities, funding sources, and professional networks. During the four-day conference, over 1,400 students participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics.

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. We are a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. SACNAS fosters the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. Goals/Outcomes: Increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans with advanced degrees in science and the motivation to be leaders; increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels; increase governmental commitment to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science resulting in increased resources, elimination of barriers, and greater equity.

Minority Programs at Member Institutions

Case Western Reserve University Diversity Programs

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Diversity Programs

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Xavier University Diversity Programs

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