PhD student Monica Guitierrez, right, in her lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Friday, June 24, 2016. Guitierrez emigrated from Colombia and worked her way through community college before enrolling at Duke to study genetics. 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.
D.L. Anderson for The Chronicle of Higher Education