The M3D PhD Program and the Molecular Medicine Certificate Program are committed to recruiting diverse participants, including students with a broad spectrum of scientific interests, students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, students with physical or mental impairment that limits any major life activity, and students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Throughout the year, we attend many national conferences that are focused on professional and academic diversity such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science National Conference (SACNAS).  During these conferences, we host and staff an informational booth and distribute recruitment materials as we identify potential students interested in pursuing an academic path in scientific research to solve problems relevant to human disease.  We welcome a personal visit from you at one of these events where we can speak with you one on one regarding our program and the admissions process.  Click on the above links to find the dates, times and locations of the upcoming conferences.

Dr. W. Conrad Liles meeting with students at recruitment event.

Diversity Resources
A variety of resources and groups are available to support minority students participating in the M3D PhD and Molecular Medicine Certificate Program, and other programs at the University:

Equal Access to Learning Opportunities for All Students
The University of Washington is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.  If you have, or think you may have, a disability (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical), please contact the DRS to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations.

University of Washington Disability Resources for Students (DRS)
011 Mary Gates
Box 352808
Seattle, WA 98195-2808
206-543-8924 (Voice & Relay)
206-616-8379 (Fax)

If you are registered with the DRS and have a current letter requesting reasonable accommodations, we encourage you to contact your instructor early in the semester to review how the accommodations will be applied in the course.

Additional information is available on the DRS website: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/.

Resources for Students with Physical or Mental Impairments
The University of Washington has many services and resources aimed at ensuring equal access for students with physical and mental impairments:

  • UW Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, professional, Evening Degree and Access programs for over 38 years
  • Disabilities Services Office (DSO) offers resources and services for UW staff, faculty and campus visitors with physical and mental impairments.
  • Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
  • The Access Technology Center (ATC) serves users with disabilities, allowing full use of campus computing resources. ATC staff provides accessibility consultations and instructs users in accessible hardware and software basics.
  • Title IX/ADA Coordinator Office Program provides University-wide compliance support to facilitate equal opportunity and ensure compliance with relevant University policies and local, state, and federal laws.
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is dedicated to advancing innovation and sharing expertise on teaching and learning across the UW campus. CTL works with individual instructors, departments, units, and communities of practice, to disseminate evidence-based research on teaching, learning, and mentoring. 
  • UW Counseling Center As a student, you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, depression, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation.  These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities.  The University of Washington Counseling Services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing.  You can learn more about the broad range of services available on campus by accessing the Counseling Centers website or contacting there office.

University of Washington Counseling Center
401 Schmitz Hall, Box 355830
Seattle, WA 98195-5830
Phone: 206-543-1240
Fax: 206-616-6910

If you are experiencing a psychological crisis and cannot wait until we are open, please call the Crisis Clinic at: 206-461-3222 or 866-427-4747.

Equal Opportunity and Accommodations Statement

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and state statutes, regulations, and University policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of the University of Washington with respect to all of these laws and regulations is under the direction of Dr. Helen Remick, Assistant Provost for Equal Opportunity, Equal Opportunity Office, University of Washington, Box 354560, 4045 Brooklyn Ave., N.E., Seattle, Washington, 98105-6261, telephone 206.685.3263/voice or 206.543.6452/TTY or email eoo@uw.edu .

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@uw.edu.