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Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences for Undergraduates

BDBS students

BDBS Students - 2022


The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program provides a mentored, 10-week research intensive experience for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing PhD or MD/PhD training upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.  Biomedical science is a rapidly evolving and engaging field that holds tremendous promise for discoveries that will change the lives of all people by improving detection and treatment of disease.  Our country benefits from the diversity of its citizens; a goal of our program is to ensure that the biomedical leaders of the future match this diverse profile.


Although the focus of the BDBS training program is the research experience, participants receive training in written and oral communication of scientific data and learn about careers in biomedical science through workshops.  They are also given guidance in applying to PhD and MD/PhD programs and interact with postbaccalaureate interns, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to experience first hand the process of preparing for a career as a leader in biomedical science.


  • BDBS begins in late May and concludes in early August
  • A stipend of approximately $4,000 is provided to each trainee
  • Transportation to and from Boston is covered
  • Accomodations (university housing) are included

Please see the BDBS application page for information about eligibility for BDBS and about the online application process.

Contact Information

Jamie Maguire, PhD
Program Director

Alexandra Israel
Program Coordinator

Administrative Office
Sackler 813
Phone: 617-636-6767
Fax: 617-636-0375