Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The catalyst for CGT innovation, growth, and access

DEI Awards Biotech Discovery Labs

ASGCT's DEI Mandate

ASGCT focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts that benefit the future and current members of the Society and the communities they serve. Underrepresented groups and individuals within the bio-medical field are essential for scientific and technological innovations. Our goal is to increase awareness and opportunities for education. These efforts are guided by the DEI Committee.

Biotech Discovery Labs

Summer 2023

ASGCT continued an innovative program to provide Milwaukee teachers with curriculum training and lab equipment so they can bring biotechnology experiments into their classrooms, thanks to a generous grant from Bristol Myers Squibb.

Summer 2022

ASGCT staff worked with teachers from four Milwaukee Public Schools on gene and cell therapy-related experiments. The participants then piloted experiments in their own classrooms with Society-provided equipment.

DEI Awards

Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Award in Gene and Cell Therapy for Oncology

This $100,000 award supports one ASGCT member from an underrepresented minority population as defined by the NIH in a postdoctoral or early-stage investigator with a fellowship in gene or cell therapy-related research for an oncology indication for one year.

Underrepresented Population Fellowship Award in Gene and Cell Therapy for Any Indication

This  $100,000  award will support one  ASGCT member from an underrepresented group in the scientific workforce as defined by the NIH through a  postdoctoral  or early-stage investigator  fellowship  in  any  gene or cell  therapy-related research  for  one year. 

Award for Research on Conditions Disproportionately Affecting Minorities

This  $50,000  award is to  support one  ASGCT member in  gene or cell  therapy-related research  for  conditions disproportionately affecting minorities  for one year. ASGCT is committed to addressing disparities in current treatment pipelines,  specifically  in the  level and breadth of research surrounding conditions that primarily affect minority populations.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We greatly appreciate these supporters of the DEI awards.


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