Percentage of URM and students with disabilities in the program and graduated: In the history of our Training Program, 7 out of 14 (50%) past URM trainees have completed their PhDs (another 6 completed MS degrees and one left with no degree). 2 out of 2 (100%) of our previous trainees with disabilities have completed their PhDs. Currently we have 13 out of 41 (31.7%) trainees working towards their PhDs that are under-represented minorities or trainees with disabilities who bring diversity to our Training Program.
Career Placement of those students: Past URM and disabled trainees have gone into a variety of careers, ranging from biotech companies to research laboratories, government service, and academia. Currently one of our graduated disabled trainees is a laboratory manager for a research institute in Montana. We have graduated URM trainees currently working for Knudra Transgenics, the California Department of Public Health, Baylor University, Boston Children’s Hospital, and NIGMS.