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

The one and only @BAMartinez9, @UVA_GRIT co-founder and @uva_bims superstar, gave a beautiful thesis defense talk yesterday on this work. Congratulations Dr. Martinez!!!

"we need to oversample minority populations in genetic studies if we think all lives are valuable and want to be able to improve care for all people" (paraphrasing) @gabecasis

UVA BIMS: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Research Community via @YouTube

Great commentary from brilliant scientists and engineers in the BME community. Honored to know some of them and have them as my colleagues. #fundblackscientists
@nih     @nihdirector    @alondra    @francisarnold    @eric_lander

Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett, an African American woman, was recently recognized by Dr. Fauci for her key role in developing the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.

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