Baylor College of Medicine, located in the Texas Medical Center, 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 three diversity programs:
SMART (Summer Undergraduate Research Training) Program for undergraduate college students nationwide. Under-represented students make up 30 percent of the SMART summer undergraduate research program participants (80-100 students each year).
BCM PREP (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program) Scholars for research-oriented, under-represented post-baccalaureates. There are seven under-represented students in research-oriented post-baccalaureate programs such as PREP Program at Baylor College of Medicine.
IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) for Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students. The NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development grant (1998-2019) to Baylor has enhanced Ph.D. training for under-represented students. 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 Baylor, national and international awards. All of our UR Ph.D.s are in science-related careers; 16 already as faculty.