Research scientist Greg Gedman, left, works with Dr. Erich Jarvis, Associate Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Thurs., June 23, 2016. Few college students from underrepresented groups seek doctorates, particularly in STEM fields. Duke University’s medical school created the Office For Biomedical Diversity six years ago to see if they could change that equation. Now, not only are more minority students are entering Duke's biomedical PhD programs, but they are performing better once there. Gedman is a first generation student and is part of the program managed by the Office of Biomedical Diversity. Dr. Jarvis is one of just a few black professors in the biomedical sciences PhD programs, so he said that he understands the value that a program like Duke's provides.
D.L. Anderson for The Chronicle of Higher Education