A "home away from home," the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) is a space where students are supported and empowered to reach their educational and career goals. Since 1992, the BSP - a “high-touch” undergraduate academic and diversity program - has successfully served over 3800 undergraduates from low-income, first-to-college, and minoritized ethnic backgrounds. BSP works side-by-side with its members to help them express their untapped potential and to create blueprints for their academic, professional, and personal success.
Over the past 30 years, BSP has re-written the story of who can succeed in science at Berkeley and beyond. Members belong to an inclusive community and environment that is the cornerstone of a rewarding and full college experience for our students, regardless of background.
Your support for BSP is support for equity in science education.
*Help Support Students*
The BSP student room is truly *home away from home* for our students. Because campus study space is so limited, BSP student members pretty much live in the room during finals review week. BSP students who live off campus often lack resources to travel back and forth from campus to home to eat, and also often lack resources to go to restaurants during review week. This room is a sanctuary where students are supported in their needs for nourishment, technology, and connection.
Your gift will go towards diversifying STEM education by providing BSP students with resources to help them succeed at Cal. It will provide nourishing food for students during finals review week, updated computers that are critical to our students' academic success, and room maintenance supplies so the room remains a safe and healthy environment.
Your support today will allow us to:
"Being one of the only Latino students in my science classes was a very isolating experience. BSP gave me the opportunity to meet other minority students with similar career interests and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue any career in medicine."
- Shelby Cardoza, PA-C | Physician Assistant | Neurosurgery Department, Stanford Health Care Hospital | Class of 2014, Integrative Biology
"BSP provided a sense of community and purpose while at Cal. Now as a corporate attorney in the biotech and life science communities, I seek to build a similar community in the industry."
- James Huie | Corporate attorney at Wilson Sonsini, Partner | Class of 2002, Molecular & Cell Biology with an emphasis in Biochemistry
"BSP has created a positive feedback cycle of inspiring mentor/mentee relationships for young scientists that have one underlying goal -- make the world better in some shape, size, or form."
- Yalda Afshar, Physician Scientist MD, PhD | Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, UCLA | Class of 2004, Molecular & Cell Biology, Integrative Biology & Anthropology
Help keep the BSP room a safe "home away from home" for students.
Help provide nourishing food for our students.
Help provide critical technological upgrades for our students.
Help sustain equitable STEM education for all.