The BEST Diversity Program is funded to serve undergraduate students who come from backgrounds currently underrepresented in Biomedical and Public Health research. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must represent one of the following groups: 

  • Racial/ethnic minorities (African-Americans, Hispanic/Latino-Americans, Native Americans or Alaskan Natives)

  • Economically disadvantaged; these include:

    • Students currently receiving or who in the past have received: federal disadvantaged assistance, Health Profession Student Loans (HPSL) for Disadvantaged Student Program, or scholarships from the U.S. DHHS under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.

    • Students from social, cultural, or educational environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

    • Have a disability or physical impairment

Application Requirements

Qualified applicants to the program must:

  • Be enrolled and have completed at least one year of undergraduate work at an accredited school or university OR be enrolled at a community or junior college, completing at least 3 courses per academic term.

  • Have completed at least 1 semester of college calculus at time of application (AP credit meets the requirement) 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen OR U.S. permanent resident.

  • Complete and submit a program application by TBA.

  • Possible phone interview with a member(s) of the BEST admissions committee (following application submission)

How to Apply

Those interested in applying must complete the following:

  • The online application
  • All official college e-transcripts (

  • 2 letters of reference (both should come from college instructors) on school letterhead


  • Written Personal Statement should include your reason(s) for applying to the program and your career goals (1-page max)


General Inquiries

Following submission of a completed application, eligible students will be contacted by a member of the BEST admissions committee to arrange a phone interview. Applicants selected for the program will be notified by TBA.

Important Dates

  • 2021 BEST Program:  TBA

  • Application deadline: TBA

  • Notification of selected participants: TBA