Diversity, equity & inclusion

NORC training opportunities

NORC at the University of California San Francisco has many opportunities for early career scholars to engage in research under the supervision of NORC expert staff.

High school internship program

Each summer, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school students conduct original research under the direction of a UCSF scientist mentor. In order to participate a student must be a rising senior and attend an SFUSD high school or SF charter school.

Visit UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership program (SEP) for more information on how to apply and see if you match with one of our labs.

PUMAS summer internship program

Promoting Underrepresented Minority Advancement in the Sciences (PUMAS) is an 8-week paid biomedical research internship funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This program gives hands-on lab experience, networking opportunities with research faculty, and exposure to different career paths in science and health. PUMAS’s principal investigators and graduate student/postdoc mentors are committed to building gender and ethnic diversity in STEM/health.

Visit the PUMAS for more information on how to apply.

Post-baccalaureate trainees

UCSF PROPEL: Post-baccalaureate Research Opportunity to Promote Equity in Learning

PROPEL is a 1-2 year paid post-baccalaureate research opportunity serving 10-15 incoming post-bac researchers from groups underrepresented in science through a modest financial incentive for faculty hiring managers, career and professional development training sessions, networking opportunities, and laboratory mentorship.

Visit PROPEL for more information.

Medical students

UCSF summer explore research fellowship

Summer Explore funds all forms of medically related research (e.g. clinical research, basic research, education research, and social science research) carried out fulltime between the first and second year of medical school.

Visit the Medical Education website for more information.

Research supplements to promote diversity in health-related research 

The NIH provides funding to develop research careers and enhance diversity and inclusion among trainees and faculty who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) including biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences, have a disability or a disadvantaged background, to research careers.

We are seeking to match eligible scholars from backgrounds underrepresented in academia to research mentors at UCSF NORC to apply for these diversity supplements. We encourage applications from undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, post-doctorates, and faculty seeking a career in health-related research.

Read more about candidate eligibility and requirements.

Diversity and inclusion resources

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

The NIH has a trans-institutional National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) to develop, implement, assess, and disseminate innovative and effective approaches to engaging, training, and mentoring students; enhancing faculty development; and strengthening institutional research training infrastructure to enhance the participation and persistence of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers.

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI)

The NMRI is a network that is “owned” by its members and supported by the NIDDK. Its success begins with the dedication of senior investigators to mentor and serve as role models for junior investigators and continues with the participation of active members and the recruitment of new members. More than 600 researchers have participated in NMRI workshops in the past decade, and that number continues to grow.

NORC Initiative to Advance the Careers of Researchers from Groups Underrepresented in Academia (URiA)

The Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs), supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), host an initiative to identify the barriers and challenges to the success of scientists from URiA groups and to identify actionable strategies to overcome these challenges.

For more information on this initiative and the leadership team, please visit the NORC at UAB.