The BioEngineering Scholars Program (BioESP) is a development program designed to increase diversity and representation in the future leaders of Bioengineering by supporting students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field, including first-generation college students, students from low-income families, and students who identify as Black, LantinX/ChicanX, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Indigenous Pacific Islander.
Achieving a diverse group of participants at all levels of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is critical for the future of the scientific enterprise. This is especially true in Bioengineering which lies at the interface of engineering, data science, the biomedical sciences, and clinical sciences. In order for the field of Bioengineering to serve the diverse range of stakeholders from teachers and students to doctors and patients, it is imperative that our leaders have a vast diversity of perspectives and experiences. At UC Berkeley we are deeply aware of this need, and of how difficult it has been to achieve.
The Bioengineering Scholars Program is designed to promote the success of students who, after graduation, will bring diverse perspectives and support equitable access as leaders in the field of bioengineering. BioESP provides mentorship, advising, resources, research experience and community support to these outstanding students, so that together we can define the future of bioengineering.
- participate in supplemental orientation activities,
- attend a weekly Fall seminar their first semester,
- take part in additional cohort and program events throughout the year,
- build relationships with a cohort of students for peer support,
- and receive supplementary faculty advising.
Many Scholars have the opportunity to undertake full-time research in a faculty laboratory during their first summer.
Scholars apply and are selected during the Freshman/Junior Transfer admission process. Any student who has already been admitted to the UC Berkeley undergraduate bioengineering major, but has not yet begun their first year courses, is eligible to apply. Preview the application here.