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Stanford ChEM-H is committed to promoting diversity both in graduate studies and in the workforce beyond.

The CBI Training Program seeks to recruit and encourage diverse students in the sciences and engineering, including students with disabilities and underrepresented minorities. The Program's primary mission is to foster an inclusive environment that will afford all students to expand their perspective and experiences both across the chemistry/biology interface as well as the wide range of personal and cultural interfaces.

CBI trainees represent multiple home departments as well as a range of personal experiences and backgrounds. CBI supports faculty mentor development through annual training.Care is taken to recruit trainees and faculty mentors who share CBI's values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  


Conference Exhibits: ChEM-H and CBI partner with Stanford graduate admissions, home departments, and other training programs to recruit diverse undergraduates to apply to Stanford PhD programs and encourage students to continue science education. CBI has attended ABRCMS and SACNAS annual conferences since 2018. 

ChEM-H Fee Waivers: Interested students may be eligible for fee waivers from ChEM-H. After filling out the online form, someone will respond to your request within 24 hours or by the following Monday if submitted on a weekend. 

CBI Retreat Attendance: Each year CBI invitees undergraduates from local minority serving institutions to the annual program retreat. Undergraduates are paired with current CBI trainees to learn more about graduate student life at Stanford.

Stanford Fee Waivers: If you are interested in applying to Stanford PhD programs and need assistance with the application fees, consider applying for a fee waiver.

Stanford Preview Day: Stanford Preview Day is a three-day program designed to introduce diverse sophomores and juniors to the Stanford University campus and provide guidance in the graduate school addmissions process. Eligible applicants should be interested in pursing a PhD in the Biosciences. Program participates receieve overnight accomodations, meals, travel to and from Stanford, and free access to the full schedule of events. 

Graduate Pathways to STEM: The Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM (GPS) Conference is a one day conference where students attend informative workshops addressing the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree, both MS and PhD, while also preparing for graduate school. GPS promotes graduate school opportunities to underrepresented minorities (URM), first generation and low income students at Bay Area, Northern California and select Southern California universities.

GRAD Diversity Day: A chance for prospective students from diverse backgrounds who have applied to Stanford to visit campus and see how they would fit. 


Diversity and Access Office: Provides an array of services and resources designed to ensure equal opportunity and address bias and discrimination, as well as assists individuals with disabilities who have requests for accommodations in the workplace and access to Stanford facilities, programs, and activities.

Office of Accessible Education: The campus office designated to work with Stanford students with disabilities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (including the professional schools). The OAC provides a wide array of support services, accommodations, and programs to remove barriers to full participation in the life of the University.

Schwab Learning Center: Offers students with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder a wide array of state-of-the-art services and resources to enrich the learning and research opportunities at Stanford.

Disability@Stanford: A website featuring the achievements, events, and work of the disability community and its allies at Stanford University. It is maintained by The Stanford Disability Initiative, a working group launched in 2017 by a coalition of students, faculty, and staff who aim to push forward the ongoing need for access rights and disability equity at Stanford University through community-building and academic scholarship.

Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition: Coalition of people who are passionate about disability at Stanford Medicine. The group has events including an annual symposium and media/reading discussions. The website has a compiled list of resources.  


Each of Stanford's seven Schools has diversity officers who can answer questions about graduate studies in their school. For the three Schools involved in this Program those individuals are:

ENGINEERING: Lourdes Andrade, M.A. (

HUMANITIES & SCIENCES: Joseph Brown, Ph.D. (; Steve Lee, Ph.D. (

MEDICINE: Miranda Stratton, Ph.D. ( doctoral programs; Iris C. Gibbs, M.D. ( MD and MD/PhD programs

Students are also encouraged to explore the Stanford IDEAL site for resources. IDEAL, Inclusiin, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment, is a set of campus wide initiatives with the following shared goals: 

  • To ensure that diversity of thought, experience, and approach is represented in all sectors of our education and research enterprise
  • To ensure that all members of the campus community feel they belong and are supported regardless of their background, identity, or affiliations; and
  • To ensure that all members of the campus community have broad access to the opportunities and benefits of Stanford.


Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students (BioAIMS)

Black Community Services Center

Black Graduate Student Association

Chemistry Association in the Interest of Minority Students (ChemAIMS)

Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (D-CORE)

El Centro Chicano y Latino

Grad Student Council Diversity Advocacy Committee

Native American Cultural Center


Queer Student Resources

Stanford American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Stanford Society of Black Scientists and Engineers

Stanford Society of Latino Engineers

Stanford Society of Women Engineers

Women's Community Center

A complete list of Stanford community and ethnic centers: LEARN MORE