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BCM - Baylor College of Medicine

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Enhancing Diversity

Baylor College of Medicine is recognized nationally as one of the best places in America for under-represented students to train as biomedical researchers. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Diversity Program houses four diversity programs:

SMART (Summer Medical and Research Training) Program for undergraduate college students nationwide. 

Under-represented students make up 30 percent of SMART summer undergraduate research program participants (80-100 students each year).

SMART PREP Scholars for research-oriented, under-represented post-baccalaureates.

There are 10 under-represented students in research-oriented post-bac programs such as SMART PREP Program.

IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity) for Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students.

NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity grant (1998-2019) to Baylor has enhanced Ph.D. training for under-represented students. There are 80 under-represented students in Ph.D and M.D. / Ph.D. programs at BCM, as well as more 90 Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. alumni. Under-represented Ph.D. and/or M.D./ Ph.D. students have been enrolled in all Ph.D. programs at the College. There is an 85 percent retention rate of under-represented students in Ph.D. programs at Baylor. Under-represented students have been recognized for selected accomplishments and have more than 300 BCM, national and international awards. All of our UR Ph.D. are in science-related careers; 16 already as faculty.

IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards) for post-docs interested in research and teaching college courses.

The NIH funded REACH IRACDA Program provides post-doctoral fellows with support to conduct frontier level research with Baylor faculty and gain training experience teaching two courses at local minority serving institutions in the 2nd-4th year of the post doc.

For more information on our programs, be sure to take a look at our Diversity Programs Brochure.

Skills for Standardized Exams

We know that, in the sciences, rising undergraduate upperclassmen have choices to make, some easier than others. Even those who have chosen a target field and institution will need to take and perform well on: the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if pursuing a direct research career, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for a more clinical approach, or in some cases, both are needed.

To better ensure high performance on these exams, we at the SMART PREP program have provided a resource entitled, "Developing Skills to do Your Best on Standardized Exams", which will provide insight on GRE and MCAT prep for the upcoming year.

Download the PowerPoint for Developing Skills to do Your Best on Standardized Exams.

Additional free information on applying to STEM graduate schools, "Beyond the Beakers: SMART Advice on Entering Graduate Programs in the Sciences and Engineering", includes pointers on preparing for the GRE and developing skills to be a successful graduate school applicant.