The Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment

At Princeton University, we believe that the highest levels of research, scholarship, and teaching are obtained only through the combined participation of people with a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. For this reason, the University welcomes under-represented and socio-economically disadvantaged students and faculty and provides an environment that embraces all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. In 2007 President Shirley Tilghman provided her enthusiastic support for the creation of the Programs of Diversity and Graduate Recruitment. The Program is supported by a collaboration between the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. The goal of the program is to increase diversity among the graduate student population in the life sciences. Through outreach, recruitment, and mentoring, we aim to ensure the success and maximize the potential of all of our students, regardless of background. The Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment is comprised of a dedicated team of faculty and staff members with decades of experience as scientists and mentors. Located in the Lewis Thomas Laboratory, in the heart of the Molecular Biology Department, we are here to welcome, to listen, to support and give guidance to our diverse students.

Scholars Program

Additional Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and Information


Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez

Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez
Assistant Dean, Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Science