Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) was founded in 1991 with the objective of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical sciences, the biopharmaceutical industry and the health professions. BSCP was founded by the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Board of Higher Education.


Mission

The Biomedical Science Careers Program provides students of every race, ethnic background, gender and financial status with encouragement, support and guidance needed for the successful pursuit of biomedical science and other science-related careers. We believe that the individual potential of each student should not be lost or ignored. This concept is captured in the word HOPE:

Horizons: Expanding the academic and career horizons of students, particularly students of color, will enable our community and nation to meet the future needs of business, scientific and academic organizations.

Opportunity: The development of a diversified, well-balanced workforce requires the linking of educational training and mentoring for students with employment opportunities in science, academia, business and government.

Potential: Supporting the academic capability, desire to succeed and willingness to persevere of minority and disadvantaged youth will ensure that untapped human potential in our community is not lost.

Excellence: The social and economic future of our country rests on our ability to engage all sectors of our society, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability or class in pursuit of excellence.


Objectives

The primary Objectives of the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) are:

Identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for academically outstanding students, particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students. The participants range from high school to postdoctoral level.

Disseminate information on the program in biomedical sciences available to students, particularly minority students.

Provide a forum for the exchange of information among individuals at various stages in their academic development.

Highlight the need for and use of mentors/advisors in making career decisions.

Improve the communication among physicians/scientists and students at varying stages in their career development.

BSCP positions itself strategically to meet the demand for a diverse workforce by providing its member organizations with connections to qualified, diverse students who can become valued employee in the future.


History

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP), founded in 1991, was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1994. BSCP’s first student conference took place in March 1992 and was attended by 300 high school, college, medical and graduate minority students. Since it inception, more than 13,000 minority students and 1,200 underrepresented postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty members have participated in BSCP programs. The founding sponsors of the Biomedical Science Careers Program are the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program, the New England Board of Higher Education and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

BSCP’s principal objectives are to identify, Identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for academically outstanding students, particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students. These students range from high school to postdoctoral level.

The overall aim of all BSCP activities is to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical and other science-related fields while helping health care institutions, biotechnology firms, educational institutions, professional organizations and private industry members meet their need for a diverse workforce.