Despite a 30-year record of success, the BSP's future isn't guaranteed

March 22, 2021

BSP alum Dr. Anthony Muiru seated on a wooden bench on the UCSF campus.Many UC Berkeley undergraduates arrive at Berkeley feeling unsure about their ability to succeed in STEM majors. Historically underrepresented students feel it most—many quickly experience feelings of isolation and imposter syndrome, leading to low retention rates for STEM majors.

The Biology Scholars Program strives to change this by providing peer mentoring, academic advising, hands-on opportunities, and other resources, but most importantly, a sense of belonging and community in STEM fields. As the program nears its 30th anniversary, its successful track record of nurturing over 3,000 students shows the program works. 

Learn how the program has helped alumni like Dr. Anthony Muiru achieve success, and why despite this, the program's future isn't guaranteed.

The San Francisco Chronicle | A UC Berkeley program has helped thousands of disadvantaged students enter STEM careers. But its funding is running low.


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Photo: BSP alum Dr. Anthony Muiru, a nephrologist at UCSF, credits his time as an undergraduate in UC Berkeley's Biology Scholars Program for giving him a sense of belonging when he was the only Black person in the room. Courtesy Sarabeth Maney/Special to The Chronicle.