McKay DEI Committee

Undergraduate Outreach

The McKay DEI Conference Grant Program

Since 2021, the McKay DEI Committee provides opportunities for undergraduate students of historically excluded groups from the Philadelphia and surrounding areas to participate in professional orthopaedics and bioengineering conferences. Conference awards include all costs associated with the events, including registration, housing, and meals, mentorship pairings with current McKay PhD students and Post-Docs, pre- and post-conference academic crash course sessions, and continual exposure to internship and professional development opportunities from students' new, growing networks.

"I am so thankful for this opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this  program. My mentor gave me insight into pursuing dual degrees, the available career  paths, and the advantages of having both degrees over one. She also put me in touch  with her colleague that is pursuing a MD/PhD so that I could have some more specific  questions answered." - McKay Conference Grant Participant



McKay Conference Grant Awardees:

  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2021
  • Summer Bioengineering, Biomechanics, and Biotransport (SB3C) 2021
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2023


McKay Semester Scholars - Spring 2022:

We'd like to give a special thanks to the sponsors that make this program possible: The Orthopaedic Research Society, Bioventus, Marrow Access Technologies, Penn Bioengineering, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania's Center for Engineering Mechanobiology (CEMB), and University of Pennsylvania's Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB).

If you'd like to donate to help expand the McKay DEI Conference Grant Program, please email the committee at

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