Diversity enhancement is vital to Rensselaer’s mission. We vigorously strive to identify, recruit, and mentor members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged groups. Our students thrive in a nurturing environment that offers not only a spirit of community, but also personalized support for every individual.
We have a strong history of making scientific and engineering education available to anyone with extraordinary talent and determination. Rensselaer admitted its first women students and lecturers in 1828 (four years after the Institute’s founding) and produced its first Hispanic and African-American graduates in 1850 and 1881, respectively.
In the 21st century, Rensselaer strives towards greater diversity at all levels of the Institute, and in particular at the Ph.D. level in the science and engineering disciplines. These strategies make an impact.
The Biomolecular Science and Engineering Training Program continues to attract underrepresented minorities to basic and applied sciences and engineering. Despite the Training Program’s limited size, we have enthusiastically supported underrepresented minorities and women, and have facilitated their successful graduation into industry, academic positions, and postdoctoral work.