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Office for Recruitment & Diversity Affairs

The Graduate College Office for Recruitment and Diversity Affairs furthers UIC's commitment to a diverse and enriched educational environment. We offer professional development, fellowships, and other initiatives to recruit, retain, and ensure the success of underrepresented graduate students.

Responsibilities of this office include:

Coordinating the recruitment of academically talented underrepresented students to UIC administrating the Graduate College's Summer Research Opportunity Program, the Graduate Pathways to Success Program,  the Urban Health Program, the PASSAGE Scholars Program, the Fellows Mentoring and Support Initiative.  Graduate College staff meet regularly with enrolled graduate students to inform them of academic opportunities and funding sources as well as meeting individually with prospective students. The Recruitment and Minority Affairs Office also hosts campus visits for groups of McNair Scholars. Staff members are available to present workshops on the graduate admission and funding processes.

For more information on recruitment in general at UIC or further details about the opportunities described in this section, please feel free to contact the Office for Recruitment and Diversity Affairs at (312) 413-2559 or

To view recruitment page, please go to Recruitment link.

Graduate College staff actively participate in a number of regional and national graduate recruitment fairs. The staff works closely with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) to maximize efforts of recruiting academically strong students to UIC. Following is a description of two major recruitment fairs where UIC is represented each year:

The Graduate College, Hispanic Center of Excellence, and the MD/PhD attend the annual conference and graduate fair of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The mission of SACNAS is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.

For 30 years, SACNAS has provided strong national leadership in improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia; mentoring college students within science, mathematics and engineering; as well as, supporting quality pre-college science education. SACNAS' annual National Conference and K-12 Teacher Workshops, summer research opportunities, E-mentoring Program, and online internship/job placement resources are tools that help a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students, professors, administrators, and K-12 educators achieve expertise within their disciplines. Please let us know if your department is interested in collaborating with us on any of these recruitment events.

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The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is a national conference designed to encourage students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical sciences or behavioral sciences, including mathematics and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating student success. Formerly known as the MARC/MBRS Symposium, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is sponsored by The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Minority Opportunities in Research Program (MORE) and managed by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).During this four day conference, there are scientific sessions, professional development workshops, poster sessions, exhibits and many networking opportunities. This conference provides opportunities for:

  • Students to share their research project data and demonstrate scientific knowledge
  • Students and faculty advisers to learn about high quality, significant scientific research in the biomedical sciences and to meet individuals who serve as role models and mentors
  • Students and faculty, as well as MORE program directors, to enhance their professional development as biomedical scientists, advisers, educators, and leaders.
  • Students to learn about graduate programs and research fellowships in the biomedical sciences

The ABRCMS attracts students, faculty advisors and program directors from:

  • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) funded institutions
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) funded institutions
  • Bridges to the Future Programs (BRIDGES) funded institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Tribal Colleges
  • Other minority serving institutions, both community colleges and undergraduate institutions
  • Other institutions not listed above

For more information about this conference please see