Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are very important to BCMB. A diverse student body enriches the program by providing different points of view and enhancing creative solutions to scientific problems. We provide support at many levels to our students to ensure that they are productive and engaged. Inclusion is a value that is essential to this support and to achieving a diverse community. 

The BCMB graduate program actively recruits students with disabilities. Prospective and current graduate students with a disability who may need accommodations are encouraged to contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator for graduate students in the School of Medicine to discuss their specific needs.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Core Values

  • Excellence and Discovery
  • Leadership and Integrity 
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Respect and Collegiality 

Where you can find us

BCMB's Admissions Coordinator, Sharon Root, and a BCMB student will be in attendance at the following conferences and career fairs to meet with you and answer any of your questions. 

  • SACNAS (Society for advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science): Honolulu, HA; October 31 thru Nov 2, 2019
  • Morgan State University Annual Career Day: October 16, 2019
  • ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Graduate Students): Anaheim, CA, November 13 – 16, 2019
  • UMBC Fall Career and Internship Fair: September 25th, 2019

Please click here to view diversity resources for current students


Student Testimonials



"The BCMB program has presented me with opportunities that appeal to me as a Ph.D. candidate from an underrepresented background and as an advocate for future researchers from underrepresented backgrounds that have enriched my graduate training significantly. I was invited by BCMB faculty and actively serve as a mentor in a NIH-funded program (PREP) for underrepresented minority (URM) post-baccalaureate researchers who are working towards applying for Ph.D. programs. I was sponsored by BCMB and able to share my experiences within the program undergraduates at an annual ABRCMS meeting some of which have since matriculated into BCMB. There is strong representation by BCMB students in student organizations and mentoring programs (sponsored by URM post-docs) for URM graduate students at Hopkins that for me have served as a network of additional professional and social support. From these organizations and through the BCMB program, I became aware of opportunities that I may not have pursued otherwise."

Cory White, Class of 2014


"As a URM, I think it is very easy to feel as if you need or must continue on in an academic career to help increase our visible numbers in academia. While here though at Hopkins, I think I have definitely realized that many of my careers goals do not fit in a purely academic career trajectory, and I am able to step out of this "what I think I should be doing" box and pursue what would truly make me happy."

Miriam Akeju, Class of 2014




"I personally love being in a research environment with people who are not only from diverse regions within the United States but also from different countries. One of the aspects that struck me during recruitment was the diversity of the candidates. We were from different regions of the United States but also from different countries. As a student here for almost one year I can say that I have found the diversity in nationality and scientific background highly enriching."

Marisol Cortes, Class of 2017



"'One of the main reasons I chose Hopkins was the presence of active student groups supporting URM students. In addition to serving in leadership positions in existing student groups, I have received significant support in starting a new SACNAS chapter at Hopkins with my peers. We have received encouragement and support in obtaining fee waivers for potential applicants, hosting coffee hours to share our experiences with interviewees and even putting on a 'dia el ADN' event where we got URM kids excited about science. I don't know if I would have been able to participate in similar efforts at any other program."

Sara Haile, Class of 2016



"During college, I was surrounded by an extremely diverse group of people in my classes. However, this changed when I attended my first lecture at Hopkins; I was one of maybe five students of color. Internally, I questioned whether I would be subjected to negative stereotypes about my ability and qualifications. Fortunately, this did not become an issue for me. I was welcomed by a network of extremely supportive peers within the BCMB program. The Hopkins Office of Diversity also provided support. Through the Office of Diversity, I was connected with the Biomedical Scholars Association, which continues to provide a support system for every scholar who considers him or herself an underrepresented minority within the Hopkins community."

Brandon McClary, Graduated 2016



"When looking for graduate programs, above all else I was looking for a home where I would feel comfortable doing science and expressing myself. When first entering academia as a field, it was hard not to feel like an impostor as an URM. During my BCMB interview, I overwhelmingly felt comfortable in my own skin--and that sealed the deal for me."

Tyler Ogonmowu, Class of 2017