Last month, cell biologist and Johns Hopkins University professor Douglas Robinson was recognized for his commitment to diversity with the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity.  The award, which includes a $50,000 prize, was given to Robinson for his commitment to diversity on a high school, undergraduate, and graduate level.

Robinson’s achievements are vast when it comes to his support of diversity and include the following:

  • Involving “high school, undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students from a variety of backgrounds in his research for 16 years” across various disciplines within medicine
  • Founded “the Summer Academic Research Experience, or SARE, which is now in its 10th year and seeks to expose high school students from Baltimore to scientific research while providing tutoring on academic skills and guidance on building professional skills as well”
  • Worked “with faculty and administrators to start several key programs at Johns Hopkins that help a diverse group of students pursue professional careers in science and medicine.”
  • Along with his team, Robinson created the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine, an umbrella program which has served 200 scholars and includes
    • SARE and Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens, which are for high school students
    • A new branch of the School of Medicine’s Summer Internship Program called CSM SIP, which is for undergraduates
    • The Doctoral Diversity Program, which assists postbaccalaureate scholars as they prepare for and pursue medical school or graduate biomedical education

The award ceremony is hosted by the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council, which recognized 10 individuals and one group for their contributions in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins.

Congratulations is certainly in order to Douglas Robinson for his efforts.