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.

Laney EDGE Programming for 2022-2023

Each year, Laney EDGE strives to promote diversity and a community of inclusiveness by offering social and cultural programming where students of diverse backgrounds feel welcome and respected.

Visit Our Laney EDGE Programming Page

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 Page

Learning About Laney: Preview Visitation of Emory University, Laney Graduate School

*Note: In 2019, the STEM Research and Career Symposium was replaced by our Learning about Laney Visitation. Please continue reading below for more on the Learning about Laney Visitation.

The James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies hosts the annual Doctoral Preview Visit. LGS invites promising, highly qualified, prospective doctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore 35+ programs offered at Emory University.

This fully-funded visit is designed to familiarize potential LGS scholars with our graduate programs, faculty, staff, and current scholars while providing insight into the life of a Ph.D. scholar. All participants will receive round-trip travel to Emory, lodging, and an application fee waiver for doctoral programs in The Graduate School.

Visit our Learning about Laney Visitation page

Emory Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of CLASSCharacter, Leadership, Advocacy, Scholarship, and Service. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both within and without the academic realm, inductees into the honor society exhibit these qualities and demonstrate a shared commitment to broadening the participation of doctoral students, postdocs, and faculty from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy

Visit our Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Page

IMSD: Initiative to Maximize Student Development

The NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development (or IMSD) is a special two-year research and academic program for undergraduate scholars and new graduate fellows 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