‘Beyond anything I could have imagined:’ Graduate students speak out about racism

While science is often portrayed as a meritocracy, a recent Nature survey of over 3,000 PhD and Master’s students from around the world has found that those who are members of minority ethnic groups face more discrimination and indignities than their peers. 35% of the respondents who came from minority racial or ethnic groups described experiences of discrimination or harassment in their current program and 26% say that they had experienced bullying, compared to 15% and 15% respectively among their counterparts. Most commonly, they said that the perpetrator was another student (41%), supervisor (40%), or another academic staff member (39%). Throughout the article, students share their personal experiences working in labs in Canada, the US, and Spain. Nature Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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