Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program

Graduate School and Ph.D Programs

Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education(DiVERGE) at Scripps Research Institute

For a second year, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) – Jupiter, Florida campus will be hosting a Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education(DiVERGE)for undergraduates interested in biomedical research careers. The program is designed to give interested students an in-depth preview of undergraduate research opportunities at TSRI and an understanding of graduate education in the chemical and biological sciences. Travel to the TSRI campus in Jupiter, Florida, as well as all food, lodging and other expenses will be paid by TSRI for the selected students.

When: October 14-15, 2015

Application deadline: September 16

Selection notification: September 23

DiVERGE is especially geared toward students from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, including individuals from low-income families or first-generation science students. The program is also geared toward students enrolled in liberal arts colleges, as well as Florida universities and colleges.

Eligibility is limited; students who are selected will participate in:

  • research and career discussions with TSRI faculty, doctoral students and graduate program alumni;
  • guided tours of the state-of-the-art biomedical research laboratories;
  • discussions about the: graduate education experience;admission process to graduate school;undergraduate research internship opportunities.

DiVERGE details and student application forms can be found on line:

Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Cheryl Marra:


Michigan Chemistry Opportunities for Research and Education (M-CORE)

Michigan Chemistry Opportunities for Research and Education (M-CORE) preview weekend on Sunday & Monday, November 8 & 9, 2015.  Students are nominated by a faculty member at their home school.  The M-CORE weekend is an opportunity for students and their accompanying faculty mentors to enjoy the Michigan experience by visiting our Department of Chemistry as part of a group of ~10 highly qualified prospective Chemistry graduate students and ~5 of their mentors for an all-expense-paid weekend.  Our visitors will all:

• Meet faculty and current graduate students

• Hear research presentations by Chemistry students

• Tour our cutting-edge research facilities and the University campus

• Get patent advice on how to assemble a competitive graduate school application

For more details and to apply please visit the program's webpage at  Questions can be emailed to  The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 18, 2015.

The MU PREP Scholars Program
The University of Missouri (MU) has an NIH-funded post-baccalaureate program (NIH PREP) that is designed to prepare recent underrepresented BA/BS graduates, or students who will have earned their BA/BS by May, for entry into competitive PhD programs in biomedical relevant disciplines. MU PREP provides a highly mentored environment that includes an individualized research experience, targeted but limited coursework, and professional development including GRE preparation and assistance in the graduate application process, with a stipend of $27,200. The specific mix of activities is individually designed to meet the needs of each Scholar. We just received our second renewal of this program that will fund MU PREP through 2017.

University of Pennsylvania - Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS)
BGS consists of seven graduate groups: Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Genomics & Computational Biology, Immunology, Neuroscience , and Pharmacology . Our graduate programs are highly interdisciplinary and flexible in structure, thereby encouraging integrative and focused investigation. BGS students enjoy a wide range of supplemental training and social activities sponsored by their graduate program, its associated departments, and the central BGS office. Most graduates successfully pursue careers in academic research, while others embark on careers in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, government research, science journalism, patent law, and other associated fields.

Details are available at our website:

We are pleased to announce that WE WILL WAIVE THE $80 APPLICATION FEE for all applicants who participate in the McNair, MARC scholars, MBRS-RISE, Ivy Plus STEM Symposium, NIH PREP, or Leadership Alliance programs. To request a waiver, please email me at prior to submitting your application.

Application information and tips for biomedical sciences at Michigan
In addition to considering "Why choose a Michigan PhD?" and reviewing the PIBS program overview, they should know the following: 

Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Arizona
We are pleased to provide you with information on the Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Arizona. The BMCB Graduate Program has a vibrant and progressive tradition of excellence in training outstanding students to reach their full potential in research and teaching in the biological sciences. The strength of our program is widely recognized and has earned uninterrupted NIH support for our T32 training grant for 16 years.  We offer a diversity of research opportunities in a wide range of experimental systems: developmental biology, molecular genetics, cellular signaling, virology, cancer biology, transcriptional regulation, neurobiology, structural biochemistry, genomics and proteomics.  These are integrated by an interdisciplinary faculty, working in a supportive environment that offers cutting-edge research facilities housed in new and state-of-the-art research buildings in Tucson, Arizona. Our graduates go on to outstanding postdoctoral fellowships and careers in academics, industry, government and law. 

Detailed information about our program may be found at

Considering a Ph.D. in Neuroscience?
Neuroscience at Princeton University offers a unique, laboratory-focused course of study spanning molecular, cellular, systems and cognitive neuroscience.  For details, including contact information, please visit our webpage at: 

University of Iowa: Medical Scientist Training Programs (MD, Ph.D)
The Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) provides training for both the MD and PhD degrees in an environment that integrates graduate research training with clinical studies. The Iowa MSTP has a long-standing reputation for excellence in its 35 years of NIH funded training of physician scientists. The MSTP promotes an educational atmosphere which highlights the interconnections between science and medicine. The goal is to produce physician scientists whose talents and insights will make major impacts on health care delivery in the 21st century. For details, including contact information, please visit our webpage at:

Biosciences Program at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
The Biosciences Program is a multidisciplinary entry program for 17 PhD degree granting programs at The University of Iowa. Our graduate training program provides students the flexibility of investigating several disciplines including biomedical and basic sciences prior to affiliating with a specific degree program. For details, including contact information, please visit our webpage at:

University of Michigan Medical School
The Program in Biomedical Sciences offers you the flexibility and convenience of applying to any of our participating programs through one application. We welcome applications each year from September through December 1. Although PIBS is a highly selective program, every application is carefully reviewed and evaluated. We work diligently to put together a motivated, diverse, and academically strong class of incoming students every year.

Strong candidates will possess:

  • Extensive research experience in a laboratory setting, including published abstracts or papers
  • Strong letters of recommendation from lab mentor
  • Motivation to pursue research in a resource-rich, interdisciplinary environment

Chemistry-Biology Interface Graduate Program At Johns Hopkins University
The CBI Program brings together 31 faculty from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Public Health and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and provides a diverse selection of research projects for CBI students. In order to assist them in choosing a research advisor, first year graduate students are supported by a NIH Chemical Biology Training Grant. During this time the CBI students carry out three 10-week research rotations that enable them to broaden their research skills and make informed choices of research advisors.

Continuing Education for Native Students at UCSD
For any tribal member that matriculates into a UCSD masters or PhD program, UCSD covers tuition and fees for up to 2 years, and provides an $18k stipend in addition.  Applicants have to have a valid tribal ID card and a letter of verification from the tribal leader/chair of tribal education committee.  The program also applies to Native Hawaiians.

Stanford Fee Waivers and SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program

The application for graduate programs in the Biosciences at Stanford is now open.  As in past years, we are offering fee-waivers (valued at $125) to students from diverse backgrounds.  Applicants who are members, in good standing, of several minority research programs are guaranteed a fee-waiver. Students can visit here to obtain instructions on applying for the fee-waiver.