Outreach Programs & Initiatives
Outreach to underrepresented groups has long been a priority for the Graduate Medical Sciences. We are deeply committed to increasing access to graduate education for groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Every year our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team travels to conferences such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) national conference to promote our programs and connect with diverse scholars.
In addition, GMS collaborates with partners across the university to support or sponsor the following:
Career Expo for Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC)
- Under the umbrella of Boston Education, Advising, and Mentoring in STEM (BEAMS) in the Department of Medical Sciences & Education at BUSM, GMS works on putting together the annual Career Expo for Boston area high school students enrolled in the Summer Session of Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC). For more information about BEAMS and its high school programming for BAHEC, click here.
Programs for Undergraduate Students
- Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS): Graduate Medical Sciences offers a summer research program to academically talented high school students who aspire to become medical or research scientists. This program is funded by the NIH.
- BEST BET (funded by NSF INCLUDES): BEST BET draws upon the expertise of five research-intensive institutions that have developed innovative programming in career and professional development for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in biomedical research. The goal of the project is to expand the scope and leverage the work so as to engage students earlier in their career exploration.
Programs for Post-baccalaureate Students
- BU PREP: Funded by the NIH, the BU Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a year-long program for recent bachelor’s degree recipients that prepares researchers for admission to PhD programs. The program aims to provide an environment that enhances personal and scientific development for students traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.