Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT)

The Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) at UVA exists to enhance diversity and inclusion across the graduate programs within the Biomedical Sciences Program at the School of Medicine, the Department of Biology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Students and faculty will work together to achieve this goal through increasing efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of students with disabilities, women, underrepresented minorities (URMs), and LGBTQ+ students in doctoral programs at the University of Virginia.

Examples of GRIT Events
  • Annual GRIT Day – fall semester
  • Recruiting events – spring semester
    • Dialogues on Diversity and Inclusion (BIMS, BME)
  • GRIT meetings with students and faculty to discuss ways to increase inclusion in seminars, search committees, admissions, etc.
How To Get Involved

We are always excited to have new members, so please reach out to us if you are interested in being a part of GRIT. Feel free to email any council members or our organization email to learn more about how to get involved – we look forward to working with engaged students and faculty this upcoming year!


GRIT on Twitter

Thank you to all the wonderful students for coming to our first general body meeting. #DiversityandInclusion #UVAGRIT

Join us tonight at our general body meeting @ 530 pm. We will be in. Dell 2 classroom 100 seen in the map below. Can’t wait to see you all there. #DiversityandInclusion #UVAGRIT

Thank you for the shoutout @MedicineUVA about @UVA_GRIT and our mission to help students here at UVA!! Check it out here:

Join WIMS for a Women in Science Story with Dr. Novicoff. She’ll share what she has learned on her journey to become a Professor in Public Health Sciences at UVA. It will be an exciting discussion focused on leadership and teamwork in the scope of academia. Snacks provided.

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