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BSP recognizes that because 80% of our members come from under-resourced high schools, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and are the first in their families to attend college, that success may mean taking courses, doing research, and graduating on a "different clock" than their classmates. BSP starts where each member is and helps them develop an individualized plan to get them to where they want to be. Examples of BSP student success include:

1) Within the first five years of the program, African-American and Hispanic students in BSP intending to major in biology graduated with a biology degree in the same percentage (60%) as non-URM students who were not in the program, and at more than twice the rate (24%) of URM students who did not participate in BSP. (Matsui et al, 2003).

2) Between 2005-2010, 58% of the BSP students from disadvantaged backgrounds who earned biology degrees at Berkeley graduated with a 3.0 or higher compared to 27% of non-BSP students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

3) From 2004-2011, 85% of BSP medical school applicants who actively and frequently participated in BSP advising and study groups were admitted as compared to a national admissions average of 50% and a UC Berkeley average of 55%.

4) From 2004-2012, 96% of the URM medical school applicants who actively and frequently participated in BSP advising and study groups were admitted as compared to 35% of URMs at Berkeley, but not in BSP.

5) Between 2006-2009, 10% of all African-Americans enrolled in a California medical program (based on AAMC data) came from BSP.

Questions?

E-mail us at biology_scholars@berkeley.edu.