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:
Programs for High School Students
- Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC): The Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) is a youth pathway to health careers program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission and is partnered with Boston University.
Programs for Undergraduate Students
- Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS): The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) offers a summer research program to academically talented students who aspire to become medical or research scientists.
- 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: The BU Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a year-long preparatory program for recent bachelor’s degree recipients. The program aims to provide an environment that enhances personal and scientific development for students traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.