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Díaz honored with Edison T. Uno Award for Public Service

Roberto Efraín Díaz, PhD candidate in the UCSF Tetrad program with a focus on biochemistry and molecular biology, was recently awarded the 2022 Edison T. Uno Award for his development of the Diversity Network Initiative. Launched in 2018, this initiative connects current and prospective UCSF students from similar backgrounds to build community and promote diversity and inclusion at UCSF.

The Edison T. Uno Award is one of UCSF’s Founder Day Awards, given annually in recognition of exemplary individuals who contribute to the university’s excellence.

Roberto is a fifth-year graduate student in the lab of BTS faculty member Jaime Fraser, PhD. Growing up, there was a lack of representation among Roberto’s mentors. Shortly after joining UCSF, he co-founded the Diversity Network Initiative to give incoming students an opportunity to network with relatable peers. The initiative now supports students from seven basic science graduate programs. Roberto remains committed to improving the initiative and ensuring a safe and supportive environment for marginalized students.

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