Training the Future Biologists
The UCI School of Biological Sciences established the Outreach, Research Training and Minority Science Programs (MSP) in 2000 to increase the number and academic excellence of underrepresented (UR) groups being trained as the next generation of biomedical research scientists. With help from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), MSP supports programs that foster research training and the development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. MSP uses a “pipeline” approach to identify promising undergraduate students early in their academic careers (freshman and sophomore students) to foster an interest in research to ultimately enter Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.
MSP uses a “pipeline” approach to identify promising undergraduate students early in their academic careers (freshman and sophomore students) to foster an interest in research to ultimately enter Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.
In the last ten years, through its undergraduate research training programs, MSP has supported over 300 undergraduate UR students. Ninety-nine percent of them have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UCI. A large majority of students who completed the program have gone on to pursue a Ph.D. MSP students have co-authored of more than 600 peer-reviewed publications in top journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Stroke, among others. MSP students have given more than 650 scientific presentations at national meetings, and have received more than 350 awards.
Dedicated to Excellence
MSP has established a campuswide, regional and national network of committed faculty and resource programs to facilitate the transition from high school through community college, baccalaureate and master’s degrees to Ph.D. careers in biomedical research.MSP also develops relationships withcommunity colleges and K-12 schools and other institutions of higher education, to prepare prospective students for the educational opportunities offered by the School. MSP include:
Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS IMSD)
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT)
Bridges to Baccalaureate
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Dr. Luis Mota-Bravo
Outreach, Research Training and Minority Science Programs
School of Biological Sciences
1106 Biological Sciences III
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2527