Graduate Studies


Diversity at Princeton

Shirley Tilghman

As one of America’s foremost universities, Princeton has an obligation to ensure that our graduate student body is racially and ethnically diverse. At a time when our nation has never been more heterogeneous and the international challenges to American scientific leadership have never been greater, we must redouble our efforts to develop the talents of all potential scientists, rather than focusing on segments of the population that have traditionally felt at home in the academy.

The work of the Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment is therefore both a personal and institutional priority for me – as important in its own way as the research we undertake and the knowledge we impart. In addition to increasing the number of graduate students from under-represented groups, the program is committed to giving these individuals the academic mentoring and campus and community support they need to thrive at Princeton. Only through such efforts can American science become a true mosaic and thereby meet the major intellectual and social challenges that lie before us.

—Shirley Tilghman

Professor of Molecular Biology

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