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15 Years of IGB: Welcoming increased representation through DEI efforts

June 13, 2022

Scientific pursuits often require examining a problem from different angles in order to gain a complete understanding. Such an undertaking often requires multiple researchers, each with a unique skill set. But what happens when certain voices are ignored over and over, in favor of others? It breeds inequality that weakens our science and our sense of community.


June 13, 2022


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Program increases underrepresented groups in biomedical data science, quantitative biology

July 8, 2021

FUTURE-MINDS-QB, a bridge program streamlining a path from a master’s degree at Fisk University, a historically Black university in Nashville, to a doctoral degree at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received a T32 training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


July 8, 2021


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Collaboration provides research-based training of under-represented minorities

February 24, 2020

As part of a campus-wide initiative to increase diversity, a collaboration with Fisk University was recently approved for an additional five years of continued financial support from the Office of Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCRI). Founder Professor of Physics Jun Song (ACPP) will oversee hands-on bioinformatics, data analysis, and biophysics training for under-represented minority undergraduate students from Fisk University, a minority-serving institution (MSI) in Nashville, Tennessee.


February 24, 2020


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Collaborating to Strengthen the Research Workforce of Tomorrow

July 6, 2016

The Knowledge Engine for Genomics (KnowEnG) Center at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois is partnering with Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., in an innovative program to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. The collaboration aims to prepare underrepresented minority undergraduates for entry into competitive M.D. or graduate programs by teaching them to apply computational thinking and statistical and informatics tools to address biomedical research challenges.


July 6, 2016


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