"I found it helpful to meet regularly with my mentor and made sure that when we met I came prepared with questions about the project and the short-term and long-term objectives."
– Marilyn Barragan, SHURP 2017

"Being in SHURP [provided] me with the life changing opportunity to become part of an amazing community of scientists. My colleagues became really good friends and I was able to continue foster those relationships beyond that summer."
– Monica Cisneros, SHURP 2014

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"MBSH is crucial because it catalyzes interaction between underrepresented students andcreates events that bring students in contact with professionals in various biomedical fields who are from underrepresented backgrounds."
– Ivan Santiago (PiN)

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"Make sure you take advantage of every opportunity you have to network with faculty as well as everyone in your cohort and do not be afraid to ask questions."
– Martha Ordonez, SHURP 2015

"SHURP gave me the opportunity to spend 10 weeks away from classes, tests, and other distractions to focus on bettering my research skills. The program helped me to develop the confidence that I needed to tackle unfamiliar scientific questions and to successfully communicate my research findings with others."
– Beena Biju, SHURP 2014

"By balancing personal/professional development and networking events with social gatherings and outreach efforts, MBSH provides a welcoming and enriching environment to a diverse population of students."
- Carmen Sivakumaren (BBS)

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"This program taught me that there is tons of support for issues going on in our community and as individuals we can do something about it too."
- 2017 attendee of Native American High School Summer Program

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The Division of Medical Sciences, which is located at Harvard Medical School, administers six programs for PhD students in the biomedical sciences and the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP). In recent years, the Division's PhD programs have included approximately 600 graduate students, more than one-half of whom are women. As the total graduate student population has increased by about 50% since the 1980s, the number of students who are members of racial or ethnic groups under-represented in the sciences has increased at the same rate. The Division has usually had 60 to 70 such students in its programs.




In the Spotlight


Resources on Allyship

Ally: Someone who is not a member of an underrepresented group but takes action to support that group.

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Save the Date!

The 2020 New England SACNAS Regional Meeting will take place Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Harvard University. Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Post-doctoral fellows, Faculty, and Staff are invited.

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Congratulations Class of 2019

The 12th annual DMS Hooding Ceremony, recognizing the graduating class of 2019, was held on May 30, 2019.

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11th Annual DMS Formal on the Harbor

See the pictures of the wonderful night we had on Boston Harbor for the 11th Annual DMS Formal.

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