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Office of Diversity and Community Outreach

Houston, Texas

The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach provides programs and activites aimed at increasing the enrollment and graduation of students underepresented in medicine.
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Saturday Morning Science

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Saturday Morning Science is an exciting community outreach program sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Community Outreach, under the leadership of Dr. James L. Phillips. (Video of Dr. Phillips discussing the program.) The program is aimed to motivate inner city students from the 7th to the 12th grade, to reach their highest potential. We emphasize the importance of a good, solid education and expose them to summer enrichment programs and careers in the biosciences. Our main goal is to reinforce the idea that college is not an option, but an obligation.

All of the lectures and workshops are conducted on the campus of Baylor College of Medicine on Saturday mornings starting in early January and ending in May. The sessions stress the importance of math and science in a creative and fun way and are taught by physicians, scientists, astronauts, and our medical and graduate students.

Topics of discussion have included Cell Biology and Histology; Anatomy—lecture and lab; Study Skills & Collaborative Learning; Structural Biology of Macromolecular Imaging; Exploration of the Teenage Brain and Emotions, Body Composition and Nutrition; Total Knee Replacement; and Choosing a Good College. See below for a sample schedule.

We also host a college recruitment fair that is attended by representatives of top notch colleges from Texas and surrounding areas. Colleges and universities that participated in the college fair include Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Texas,Cornell University, Texas A&M University, University of Massachusetts, Texas Woman’s University, University of Oklahoma, , Houston Community College, and several more. These colleges collaborate with us to ensure that together we are all doing our part to help these young people complete their current education and advance to the next level—ultimately matriculating to medical or graduate school.

SMS Summer Research Program

Dr. Phillips also founded the Saturday Morning Science Summer Research Program for high school students in 2008. This program matches high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine with a Baylor College of Medicine faculty member. Each participating faculty member holds a grant with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the high school students work on their project for an 8-week period during the summer. For additional impact and experience, each of the students prepares a research poster based on their 8-week internship at the Annual HPA Research Symposium in January. Applications for this summer research program are made available to students, age 16 and above, who are enrolled in the general Saturday Morning Science program.

Pictured are BCM President Dr. Paul Klotman and former SMS Summer Research student Breanna Young.

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