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Wednesday, October 23 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Building an Inclusive Pipeline from Middle School to Medical School

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As the first middle school program funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), the UMB CURE Scholars Program identifies sixth-graders with an interest in science from three West Baltimore middle schools and supports these scholars throughout middle school, high school, and beyond. The UMB CURE Scholars Program is designed to support under-represented minority students by exposing them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, exciting experiments, and inspiring mentors. With a 5:1 mentor-to-scholar ratio, scholars participate in after-school hands-on experiments; Saturday tutoring and life skill development workshops; and a comprehensive summer academic enrichment component.

Scholars are selected based on their commitment to a long-term program and not based on academic performance measures. Through rich scientific opportunities, scholars gain presentation experience, academic growth, self-confidence, and the motivation necessary to succeed. The ultimate goal is to increase the pool of under-represented minorities pursuing careers in STEM, health care, and cancer research.


Ashley Valis

Executive Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Robin Saunders

Founding Executive Director, UMB CURE Scholars Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore
As the executive consultant and founding executive director of the UMB CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience) Scholars Program, Dr. Robin Saunders possesses more than 30 years of experience in program development, admissions and retention strategies, multicultural education... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT