Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (SODEP)

The Janssen Oncology Research & Development team has opened registration for the second year the Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (SODEP): details are available at www.janssensodep.com.  SODEP consists of two steps:

  1. Exposure to industry at the virtual Janssen Oncology Day, an all-day program that will provide an overview of the various opportunities within science and medicine.
  2. One-on-one mentorship. Up to15 scholars who attend Janssen Oncology Day will be selected for this step of the program, in which the scholars will be paired with Janssen leaders in an ongoing one-year mentoring experience, where they will receive career coaching and guidance. In addition, scholars will receive funding for conference travel, research supplies, and training courses.

Those that meet the following requirements are eligible to participate in SODEP:

  • self-identify as African-American/Black or Hispanic
  • citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • full-time PhD or MD/PhD students in year 3+ of graduate programs (as of January 2024), PharmD students, and postdoctoral fellows
  • engaged or interested in oncology or other closely related disciplines such as immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, computational biology/data sciences, clinical research, and pharmacology.

Registration is currently open for the virtual Janssen Oncology Day, which will take place on September 13, 2023. Early registration is encouraged, as admission is rolling and will be closed when there are 150 registrants.  Application deadline is August 28, 2023.

Janssen believes that an increase in scientists and physicians from diverse backgrounds is a necessity to address the numerous health inequities that currently exist in certain populations within our society. The intent of this program is to provide promising students a unique opportunity towards obtaining the best research and employment opportunities within industry or academia, and to set themselves up for success in their long-term careers in the sciences.