BMB is committed to creating an environment rich in diversity and invested in maintaining an atmosphere that embraces the diverse cultures of our academic community.
Because of this goal, our outreach efforts include the following:
- Meyerhoff Scholar Program - BMB is nurturing a strong bond with the Meyerhoff Scholar Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, technology, engineering and related fields. We visit UMBC regularly and spend time with students interested in the various programs offered by BMB. These students make a perfect addition to the BMB family - we recently recruited a Meyerhoff Scholar into our PhD program.
- Meyerhoff Bridge Day - In an effort to nurture this relationship early, every summer we host a “bridge day” for new students entering the Meyerhoff Scholar Program. This is a one day visit to our campus that includes scientific presentations, a tour of the school, interaction with current students and also interaction with the students attending the diversity summer internship program.
- ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) - BMB participate in this annual conference, which is a national forum sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) that is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. A representative from BMB has attended this event for the last several years and the department considers this conference an essential part of its recruitment efforts.
- McNair Fairs - BMB has extended its recruitment outreach to the McNair Scholars Program. This program hosts numerous recruitment fairs across the country and BMB has targeted some of the events as the perfect setting to reach out to potential future students. This program is a federally funded initiative by the US Department of Education and it provides research opportunities and graduate school preparation for a select group of first generation/low-income and underrepresented ethnic minority college students.