Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At the core of the Neuroscience Graduate Progam, is the belief that the success of our program is greatly attributed to the diversity of our students and faculty. This diversity creates a wider scope of vision and depth of experience to the program. Our program has been enriched by students and faculty from all over the world, from different socio-economic backgrounds, from different cultures, religions and beliefs. It is our fundamental belief that diversity, equity and inclusion, makes us better in mentoring our students, and preparing our graduates for successful career paths. We have several programs specific to enhancing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Oversight for these programs comes from students, faculty and administration.

BP Endure

What is BP Endure?

BP Endure is a summer opportunity for students to have exposure to the following subfields:


 Accepted students will visit the University and be able to participate in many learning opportunities including:

  • An NSF workshop to learn about applying for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a prestigious award available to undergraduate students in their senior year that have been accepted to a graduate school

  • Social events with UM Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty and students. Events have included potluck dinners, sporting events, tours of the UM Football Stadium and facilities, meals at local restaurants, movie nights and various Ann Arbor summer events. 

  • Bi-monthly journal clubs with UM-Neuroscience Graduate Students 

  • End of summer poster session and presentation to share your summer project with a group of faculty, students and lab personnel​​

Preview of the Neuroscience Graduate Program

Our preview visit gives prospective students an opportunity to:

  • Meet Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty and learn about their research 

  • Network with current Neuroscience Graduate Students

  • Learn about our application process and receive feedback on individual applications

  • Meet with Rackham Graduate School Associate Dean and Neuroscience Graduate Program Faculty Ally

Invited students will be asked to arrive on scheduled dates in March and expenses will be covered.


Students should have:

  • a strong academic record in science/engineering;

  • research experience;

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;

    And meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented;

  • have demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm; 

  • have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;

  • are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

How to Apply

Our online application is now available.  Since the application does not allow you to save and complete at a later date we recommend you take a look at the applicationbefore you start, to ensure you have the required materials (written responses, transcripts, and Curriculum Vitae or resume). Additional details are provided in the application.

Letter of recommendation-one letter of recommendation from a faculty member is requested.  The recommendation form and letter must be emailed or mailed directly from the recommender. 

All materials (including letter of recommendation) are required for the application to be considered complete.

Neuroscience Scholars Program

The Neuroscience Scholars Program is a three year fellowship that provides underrepresented and diverse trainees in neuroscience with an annual stipend for enrichment activities, travel support to the SfN annual meeting, mentoring opportunities, and more. Applications are due May 23, 2017.

Website: http://www.sfn.org/news-and-calendar/news-and-calendar/news/na-careers-and-training/neuroscience-scholars-program-application


FEMMES-Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and the Sciences

FEMMES programs encourage girls to learn and explore their potential in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM).

Website: http://femmes.studentorgs.umich.edu/about/


MYELIN-Mentoring Youth and Early Leaders in Neuroscience

Mentoring Youth and Early Leaders In Neuroscience (M.Y.E.L.I.N.) is a student based organization at the University of Michigan, which is dedicated to science outreach education in minority and low income communities in Ann Arbor.  Through educational outreach programs, MYELIN strives to inspire, and support the next generation of researchers and college students. Currently, MYELIN serves two community centers: Bryant Community Center and Hikone Community Center. For the 2014-2015 school year, MYELIN completed 8 visits to each center. Volunteers bring with them a science-related lesson plan complete with hands-on activities and some form of visual presentation (see attached 2015 schedule and example lesson plan). In the past year, MYELIN has also gained and maintained faculty alliances in the Biopsychology area at the University of Michigan. These faculty members serve as sources of financial support, MYELIN liaisons to other faculty, and mentors to the student members of the organization. In the Upcoming 2015-2016 season, MYELIN hopes to extend its reach to more sites in the Ann Arbor area as well as expand the nature of its services to include college preparatory initiatives for the older demographic of students at these centers. Additionally, MYELIN hopes to implement new events and programs that will allow MYELIN to widen and deepen its impact on the population it serves. This includes university visits, financial assistance, scholarship services, and science-literacy starter kits prepared for the community centers.

Website: https://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/MYELIN/about


SACNAS-Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics adn Native Americans in Science

Website: https://sacnasatumich.wordpress.com/, https://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/SACNASatumich



Additional DEI Resources:

National Research Mentoring Network: https://nrmnet.net/

Center for the Imporvement of Mentored Experiences in Research: http://cimerproject.org/#/