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GEMINI Program


Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine Inclusion Initiative 

 

GEMINI Program Director and IEM Associate Director Dr. Daniela Valdez-Jasso receives the 2019 UC San Diego Inclusive Excellence Award

Dr. Daniela Valdez-Jasso, Director of the GEMINI Program, receives the 2019 UC San Diego Inclusive Excellence Award. 

   

The Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine Inclusion Initiative aims to provide mentoring and career development to improve diversity and inclusion in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. GEMINI provides mentoring and support for increased access and success of early-career researchers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. 

Besides supporting early-career faculty, GEMINI also aims to increase outreach to the San Diego community at large. GEMINI encourages undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers to participate in outreach activities at K-12 schools in San Diego. By exposing younger students to bioengineering and its numerous medical applications, GEMINI aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the bioengineering field. 

GEMINI has been met with great success at the Institute of Engineering in Medicine, where many new bioengineering faculty have been supported through the program. IEM is currently working with the dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering in order to create a similar program for all engineering faculty.