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The Biology Prospective Scholars Program (PSP) at Boston University (BU) invites prospective graduate students to a multi-day virtual event that provides an overview of the graduate admissions process in Biology at BU. The PSP event will connect participants with BU faculty and graduate students within Biology and affiliated departments, provide opportunities to meet one-on-one with prospective faculty mentors, introduce graduate student groups on campus, provide professional development resources, and facilitate discussions with participants and current graduate students on issues of diversity and inclusion, academic life, and living in Boston, among others.
The Biology PSP event will take place on September 21, 2021 through Zoom. Applications to the PSP event are accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2021. Prospective students from under-represented backgrounds in science are strongly encouraged to apply (details below). Note that this is not considered an official application to the Biology graduate programs.
Participating Departments and Programs
Within the Department of Biology, there are four research areas: Cell & Molecular Biology; Ecology, Behavior and Evolution; Marine Biology; and Neurobiology. The Department of Biology MS and PhD programs allow you to conduct research with faculty in any of these groups. In addition, there are a number of affiliated graduate programs and initiatives that BU offers, which you can learn about through the Biology PSP event:
- MA and PhD programs in Molecular & Cell Biology and Biochemistry (MCBB)
- Graduate programs in Bioinformatics
- Graduate programs in Biological Anthropology
- Graduate Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental health (BU URBAN)
- Graduate Certificate Program in Biogeoscience
- BU Microbiome Initiative
The Biology Department guarantees support for five years for all PhD students, contingent on satisfactory performance in the program, but does not guarantee financial support for MS students. Limited partial scholarships are available MS students, and there may be Teaching Assistant positions available for MS students. Contact us for more information about these graduate programs.
Eligibility to Apply
The PSP event is open to prospective students who are interested in either the PhD program or the MS program in Biology at BU, and who are committed to increasing diversity in the graduate student body at BU. We particularly encourage applications from the following historically underrepresented groups in Biology:
- Applicants who are considered a minority ethnic or racial group in the Biology community (defined by the National Science Foundation);
- Other identities and/or experiences historically underrepresented and/or marginalized within graduate education including (but not limited to):
- First generation students
- Those who manage a disability
- Being of a gender and/or sexual orientation historically underrepresented in your field of study
- Being of a religious identity historically underrepresented in your field of study
- Those who identify as a military veteran
- Holding DACA, TPS, refugee, or asylee status
- Those who have experienced housing and/or food insecurity
- Single parents
Award: Prospective students who are selected to attend the Biology PSP event, and who apply to the Biology graduate program at BU, will have their graduate application fee waived.
How to Apply
To apply to the Fall 2021 Biology PSP event, please fill out this Google Form by September 1, 2021: https://forms.gle/Xeb4n3M1kgr97VHs9.
Application to the Biology graduate programs is a separate process (with applications due to the BU Graduate School in December 2021). PSP event participants will learn about, and receive assistance with, the BU Graduate School application process during and after the PSP event.
PSP event application: accepted on a rolling basis through September 1, 2021
PSP event invitations: sent by September 10, 2021
Virtual PSP event: September 21, 2021
Event Agenda (Coming Soon)