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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

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The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies.  The Program typically begins around Memorial Day and ends in early August.  Trainees also attend scientific seminars and workshops on academic and career guidance, participate in organized social activities, and have free time to explore the Boston area. Trainees receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses within the US, and are provided with on-campus housing.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of college and be US citizens or US permanent residents to participate in this summer program.  Students who will graduate before the summer program starts are not eligible for BDBS, but might wish to consider our PREP program.

The NIH and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences encourage applicants from members of groups that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences. The NIH has reported that groups under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research include African-American, Hispanic-American or Latino/a, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander and members of economically disadvantaged families and disabled persons.

Deadline

All application materials must be received by our school by February 15. Applications for admission are reviewed after the deadline; applicants are encouraged to submit all required materials as early as possible. Applications received after February 15 will be considered only if space is available. Applicants will be notified of a decision around May 1.

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