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Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences for Undergraduates

bdbs 2019

Due to COVID-19, BDBS has been cancelled for Summer 2020.

2019 BDBS Participants

The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program provides a mentored, 10-week research intensive experience for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing PhD or MD/PhD training upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.  Biomedical science is a rapidly evolving and engaging field that holds tremendous promise for discoveries that will change the lives of all people by improving detection and treatment of disease.  Our country benefits from the diversity of its citizens; a goal of our program is to ensure that the biomedical leaders of the future match this diverse profile

Although the focus of the BDBS training program is the research experience, participants receive training in written and oral communication of scientific data and learn about careers in biomedical science through workshops.  They are also given guidance in applying to PhD and MD/PhD programs and interact with postbaccalaureate interns, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to experience first hand the process of preparing for a career as a leader in biomedical science.

Our trainees are fully supported by a stipend and receive on-campus housing during their training.  They also enjoy organized social activities that expose them to the Boston area and help build lasting relationships.

Please see the BDBS application page for information about eligibility for BDBS and about the online application process.

student presenting at the poster fair

BDBS Poster Fair

BDBS concludes each summer with a symposium day and poster fair where trainees present their summer research.