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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Diversity and Outreach Activities

The Bloomberg School is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence.

DiversityWe firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of everyone’s success. This climate for diversity, inclusion, and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care and other strategic goals of the Department, the School, and the University.

The University assigns a high priority to the implementation of its equal opportunity policy, and significant University resources are devoted to assuring compliance with all laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and educational programs. Johns Hopkins University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic in any student program, activity administered by the University, admission or employment.

These values are recognized and supported fully by the leadership of Johns Hopkins Institutions at all levels and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 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. With 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 County (UMBC).  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, and we have recruited UMBC students and Meyerhoff Scholars to our doctoral and master's programs.
  • 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 participates 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. 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.