Diversity Enhancement

The Neuroscience Training Program is dedicated to enhancing diversity both within our program, the University, and the field of science.

Diversity Enhancement Committee

The Diversity Enhancement Committee oversees the Program’s Minority Speaker Series, arranges visits by minority students from high schools and colleges, attends area recruitment fairs, helps coordinate the Program’s participation in the IBS-SRP Neurobiology program and sends representatives to schools with large minority enrollments in an effort to increase the number of minority student admissions. Members of the committee also participate in the Biosciences Opportunities Program, an annual preview weekend hosted for prospective underrepresented students at UW-Madison.

Neuroscience Diversity Enhancement Lecture Series

To see the list of past speakers click here.

Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars (SciMed GRS)

The Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars Program is a fellowship program that has been established to enhance the experiences and opportunities of underrepresented graduate students at the University of Wisconsin in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the School of Medicine and Public Health. Click here to learn more.


There are multiple opportunities for funding allocated to minority students, please check out our Funding Opportunities page to learn more.

UW-Madison Bioscience Initiative for Recruiting and Networking (BIRN)

The BIRN program connects UW-Madison bioscience faculty, staff, and graduate students with faculty, advisors, and prospective underrepresented minority (URM) students from other institutions and/or geographic areas. For more information on BIRN, click here.

Integrated Biology Science Research Opportunities Program (IBS-SRP)

IBS-SRP brings junior and senior undergraduate students interested in research careers in the biological sciences to UW-Madison for 10-weeks in the summer for a hands-on research program. The program is designed primarily to give students from other colleges and universities a chance to experience the richness of research at UW–Madison in one of eight disciplines including a neurobiology section hosted by the NTP. For more information on the program and how to apply click here.

UW Graduate School and Campus Diversity Resources

The UW Graduate School (Click here) and UW Campus (Click here) offers a variety of resources for enhancing diversity in all graduate school programs.

UW Campus Climate

UW-Madison has created a website dedicated to discussing and improving our campus climate, the website and more information on these efforts can be found here.

Reporting Incidents of Hate & Bias

Campus information on reporting incidents of hate and bias can be found here.