Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Scientific Careers Research and Development Group

Diversity

Why do we emphasize diversity in our work?

The rapidly changing demographic makeup of the U.S. and the critical need to fully involve the full breadth of our population in science careers is old news.  But the value of bringing diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ways of thinking together to identify which research questions to pursue and how to most creatively solve them is only recently being fully appreciated.  Additionally, as research questions become more complex and methods to solve them more sophisticated, it requires bigger research teams and more advanced interpersonal skills for working in them. Unless research training is carefully studied to reveal how 'success' is promoted or inhibited by existing research training practices, the historical patterns of limited diversity are likely to be sustained.  Our experiments and program applications are designed to maximally develop the talents of young scientists with an eye to mitigating the largely unconscious processes that can limit the success of some young scientists.

Diversity