The role of professional identity in graduate school success for under-represented minority students

Chu Kim-Prieto, H. Liesel Copeland, Rodney Hopson, Toya Simmons, Michael J Leibowitz

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We examined the relationship between sense of professional identity and academic success among under-represented minority graduate students in a biomedical doctoral program. We found that a sense of professional identity is related to science success among under-represented minority students, but not for non-underrepresented minority students. Sense of professional identity appears to be linked to the use of mentors and to development as a scientist and member of the professional community, rather than someone who simply performs laboratory experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013



  • Biomedical doctoral education
  • Professional identity
  • Under-represented minority graduate students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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