Diversity

The Biotechnology Training Program fosters an environment that welcomes all scientists. The program promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply for graduate studies and pursue a nomination for BTP. BTP believes diversity of all kinds — such as underrepresented minority (URM) groups and those with disabilities — enhances educational, personal, and scientific outcomes.

Being part of BTP comes with mentoring and involvement both inside the program and at the university level. The program has numerous faculty trainers serving as mentors to trainees. UW–Madison has extensive diversity resources, including student groups and academic support, available to its students. Other examples include the many Graduate Research Scholars programs across campus. They are unique fellowship programs for underrepresented students that have funded students during years they are not funded through BTP.

UW–Madison as a whole is committed to providing reasonable accommodations that enable employees, students, and visitors to access campus programs, activities, and facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Full UW–Madison policies on disability accommodation and affirmative action compliance can be viewed at www.oed.wisc.edu/disability/ and http://www.oed.wisc.edu/compliance.htm.

URM Career Information

Number of underrepresented or disabled trainees who matriculated within the last 15 years
  • 31
Number of those who earned their Ph.D. or are still in training
  • 27 — or 87%
Number of those who left without a Ph.D.
  • 4 — or just 13%

The BTP will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities who wish to visit our campus. Please contact the BTP Coordinator, 608-262-3344, at least one week in advance for assistance. BTP has access to excellent campus resources developed to support and retain individuals with disabilities. Departments have an Access and Accommodation Resource Coordinator (AARC) to help faculty, staff, and students address issues of access and accommodation. These coordinator positions were created by the UW-Madison’s Faculty Senate action of May 2, 1994.

The following people are AARCs in BTP’s major contributing departments:

  • Bacteriology: Staci Francis, the Department Administrator with over ten years of experience with BTP
  • Biochemistry: Michael Cox, a BTP trainer
  • Biomedical Engineering: M. Elizabeth Meyerand, a BTP trainer
  • Chemical & Biological Engineering: Eric Codner, Undergraduate Lab Director
  • Chemistry: Jeanne Hamers, Undergraduate Chemistry Coordinator

UW–Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply for graduate studies in the departments and programs of their interest.