Welcome to the Office of Research and Diversity Training (ORDT)


The mission of the Office of Diversity Recruitment and Research Training (ORDT)  is to recruit and provide research training opportunities to scholars from populations that have traditionally been underrepresented in biomedical science, including underrepresented minorities, first generation students, and individuals with disabilities. 


1. To develop and coordinate targeted recruitment strategies to attract a diverse group of competitive trainees.

2. To provide academic and professional career development training and social support to scholars who are underrepresented in the sciences.

3. To develop partnerships with faculty and administrators across the seven schools within the university for recruitment, retention, and support of scholars with diverse backgrounds.

4. To establish and enhance partnerships with other institutions of higher learning to recruit candidates. 


Underrepresented student enrollment: ~170 students in PhD programs, ~10 post baccalaureate scholars, ~ 45 summer interns

yellow star FEATURED STUDENT yellow star

female student smiling at cameraName: Nikaela Bryan

Graduate Group: Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics (BMB) 

Research Mentor: Ben Black, PhD

Award:  Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)

Congratulations Nikaela, we are very proud of you!



Due to the fluid situation with COVID19 we are working with the Penn administration and our colleagues to determine the best format (in person vs virtual vs hybrid) for SUIP 2021. In the meantime, we enthusiastically encourage you to apply and check back in with us after the new year. If you have any questions please reach out to Dr. Linnet Ramos at linnet.ramos@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.


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