About GRIT

The Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) began as a grassroots student organization and has grown to encompass 18 graduate programs in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD), Physical Sciences Division (PSD), and Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago with over 50 members and a dedicated faculty counterpart in the form of the Diversity Council. GRIT is committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the BSD and PSD graduate programs. GRIT focuses on three central components: recruitmentretention, and sustainability in order to increase the recruitment and retention of students from marginalized backgrounds. Recruitment is organized by clusters/departments for programs within the BSD, PSD, and PME while retention is organized by four teams devoted towards specific groups.

Information regarding the programs and groups that GRIT works with can be found at Who We Support and leadership of these groups can be found on the Leadership page. Outreach programs associated with the university can be found on the Outreach Page. More information for prospective students can be found on the Prospective Students page. Lastly, information on how to get involved with GRIT as a current graduate student at the University of Chicago can be found on the Get Involved page!

If you’re interested in learning more than what’s available on this website, contact the team at ucgrit@gmail.com with any more questions!

 

Recent Events

November 9th-13th: GRIT representatives will be at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) from November 9th to November 13th! Keep an eye out for the following students and their schedules, and feel free to reach out to any of them about more questions regarding the university and its programs!

 

November 5th: UChicago will be at the Society for Neuroscience Graduate Fair to answer any questions regarding the Neuroscience Program!

October 19th-24th: Come by our “table” at SACNAS, October 19th-24th, to meet our GRIT representatives and learn more about applying and being a student at the University of Chicago! The GRIT representatives and their schedules are shown here!

 

Cody Hernandez (left) and Mat Perez-Neut (right) are working to expand the GRIT initiative to other institutions.

 

GRIT co-founder Christina Roman meets with faculty advisor Nancy Schwartz, PhD, dean and director of postdoctoral affairs.