Welcome from Associate Provost for Scientific Training, Workforce Development and Diversity Ambika Mathur

Harnessing the power of diversity

Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. In science and medicine, achieving diversity is particularly important. Scientists and trainees from differing backgrounds and life experiences bring fresh perspectives, creativity and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. 

Unfortunately, roadblocks can discourage people from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and medicine. This imbalance has led to persistent underrepresentation in careers that offer growth and mobility. Barriers can include being a first-generation college student, a lack of resources to pursue a lengthy university education stretching into graduate or medical school, and not having role models or family to provide support along the way.

The Office of Scientific Training, Workforce Development and Diversity (STWD) program was developed by Wayne State's senior leaders to reduce some of these roadblocks and provide students and scholars at several entry points in the school/career pipeline with the tools necessary to achieve their educational and career goals.

From tuition relief and summer research opportunities that pave the way for graduate school, to helping early career scholars compete for research grants and launch faculty careers, to giving undergraduates the opportunity to be part of the medical school community, STWD is committed to producing the next generation of scientists and physicians who come from all sectors of the population.

I invite you to join me in this exciting journey to establish Wayne State as a leader in creating a more diverse scientific and medical workforce. Imagine the outcomes we can achieve by tapping into differing perspectives and backgrounds to further our mission to create and advance knowledge and prepare a diverse student body to thrive!  Our ultimate goal is to recruit, retain and advance diverse and well-trained individuals to create a robust STEM and medical workforce for Michigan and beyond.

Ambika Mathur, PhD
Associate Provost for Scientific Training, Workforce Development & Diversity