LGS supports programming that promotes and engages graduate diversity at Emory. Scroll down to learn more about some of these opportunities. 

We also encourage you to visit our Professional Development pages to explore programming and resources dedicated to your professional preparation and career planning.

LGS Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR)

LGS-SOAR supports potential Laney Graduate School undergraduate applicants who wish to explore, experience, and conduct full-time independent and mentored research for the summer. During the ten-week residential summer program, research fellows conduct full-time research and are mentored by their Faculty Mentor or Principal Investigator and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. 

Visit our LGS-SOAR pages.

STEM Research and Career Symposium

Convened and organized by Laney Graduate School, the STEM Research and Career Symposium brings faculty advisors and their students from diverse backgrounds to the Emory campus for two days of shared research presentations and for networking, mentoring, and recruitment. Participants include outstanding undergraduates intending to pursue the PhD or MD/PhD degree, as well as graduate students seeking postdoctoral opportunities.

Visit our STEM Research and Career Symposium page

IMSD: Initiative to Maximize Student Development

The NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development (or IMSD) is special two-year research and academic program for undergraduate scholars and new graduate fellows that is available students in STEM disciplines. The program focuses on multi-level mentoring, research integrity, and career preparation and planning. 

All students are welcome to attend IMSD functions and workshops. In addition, fellowships for stipend and travel funding are available for US citizens and permanent residents who are underrepresented in the sciences. This includes all students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students.

Graduate IMSD fellowships are awarded upon admission and the trainee is eligible for support for the first two years of graduate studies.

Visit the IMSD page.

NIH Pathfinder Series

The LGS NIH Pathfinder Series aims to enhance the mentoring ethos at Emory through university-wide discussion of mentoring for both students and faculty. Inaugurated in 2012, the series initially focused on the biomedical and life sciences, but discussions have since expanded to include a broad range of disciplines. Featured speakers have included:

  • Dr. Richard McGee (Northwestern University): Strategies to Promote Diversity and Enhance Mentoring
  • Dr. Molly Carnes (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Breaking the Gender Bias Habit and Why are John and David More Likely to Become Department Chair than Joan or Jamal?
  • Dr. Vivian Lewis (University of Rochester): Supporting the Needs of a Diverse Group of Emerging Scholars through Mentoring


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Amanda Marie James