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Alliance for Diversity in Science & Engineering

The mission of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) chapter at the University of Rochester is to increase the representation and visibility of underrepresented groups (women, people of African descent, Latinos/as, Native Americans, members of the LGBTQA community, people with disabilities, and DREAMers) in the STEM fields.

The UR ADSE chapter will serve as a platform for the scholarship and professional development of underrepresented students in the pursuit of advanced degrees and careers in STEM.

Our goals are to connect scientists across our campus, showcase non-traditional career paths and minority experiences in academia, industry, government, and to educate students at all levels about opportunities in STEM.


2020 Executive Board and New Members

Zanah Francis headshot

Zanah Francis
Outreach Chair

Ph.D. Candidate
Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology

Jimin Han headshot

Jimin Han
Outreach Chair

PhD Candidate
Cell Biology of Disease

Courtney Kellogg headshot

Courtney Kellogg
Cell Biology of Disease Representative

PhD Candidate
Cell Biology of Disease

Jarreau Harrison headshot

Jarreau Harrison

PhD Candidate
Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Briaunna Minor headshot

Briaunna Minor
Microbiology and Immunology Representative

MD PhD Candidate
Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology

Heta Gandhi headshot

Heta Gandhi
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representative

PhD Candidate
Chemical Engineering

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Liz Daniele
Staff Advisor

Associate Director for Graduate Diversity

Sharon McCollough headshot

Sharon McCollough
Staff Advisor

Director of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs


Responses were for the following question: Why is having an organization, like ADSE, that advocates for the representation and visibility of underrepresented minority students in STEM important to you as a graduate or postdoctoral student at UR? Check out some of the responses and testimonials below.

“Having a professional platform for students helps convey the thoughts of the diverse community; helps empower the community; and helps us be heard against issues relating to social justice, access to knowledge, etc. Plus it provides a platform for students to connect with each other.” —Research technician, biomedical engineering

“ADSE is dope. Keep doin’ wut y’all doin.”—PhD student, toxicology

“We believe that ADSE is important because it allows underrepresented graduate students to have a voice. It also will contribute to increasing diversity and inclusion on this campus. As undergraduate students, it is enlightening to see that there is a network of dedicated minority students who would like to change the system at hand. organizations like this could only improve our ever better community!”—Biomedical engineering undergraduate students, Class of 2019

“This would be a great way to meet and develop with other students that have a similar background to myself. This is so amazing that UR has this kind of support for the students!”—Aspiring PhD student

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