Outreach and Minority Sciences Program
The Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences has an exceptionally successful Minority Sciences Program, which is a national model for science education for Under-Represented Minority students. In 2005, our program was given a United States Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring by President Bush in a ceremony at the White House. This program reaches K-12 students and teachers, as well as community college and university students, through a range of activities encouraging academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. Outreach activities organized by UCI’s MSP include the following:
- Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (NIH) helps community college students who are interested in a biomedical career transition to a four-year university.
- Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (NIH) mentors minority undergraduate and graduate students to encourage and support them as they pursue doctoral degrees and biomedical careers.
- Minority Access to Research Careers Program (NIH) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority researchers in biomedical research careers by supporting junior and senior URM students in their preparation for graduate training in the biomedical/behavioral sciences.
- Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Program in the Biological Sciences (NSF) has an objective of preparing URM undergraduates to excel in PhD programs in biological research.
- Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (NIH) supports URM students interested in studying or conducting research abroad.
- GK-12, Innovating Graduate and K-12 Education in Biological Sciences Program (NSF) brings innovation to graduate and K-12 education by integrating investigation and experimentation conducted by faculty and graduate students with teaching of Biology/Life Sciences in grades 7-12.
- Science Fair Initiative has helped thousands of K-12 students from three Southern California school districts prepare science fair projects.
- Teacher Professional Development Program offers summer and Saturday workshops for science and math teachers at districts with a high proportion of minority students.
For more information on the minority programs offered, please click here.