• NEW DOCUMENTARY ON UMB CURE SCHOLARS RELEASED

    Five scholars from the UMB CURE Program are featured again on Maryland Public Television (MPT) thanks to the new documentary Eighth Grade: From West Baltimore. Read the story.

  • A WHITE COAT WELCOME FOR NEW UMB CURE SCHOLARS

    The UMB CURE Scholars Program is the first in the nation to begin academic enrichment and mentorship for students as early as sixth grade. Read the story.

  • SCIENCE IN THE SUMMER

    “People are looking at you — at what you’ve achieved already and how much you’ll go on to do, and they’re saying that they want a program like this one,” Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, told UMB CURE Scholars.

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The UMB CURE Scholars Program is a groundbreaking year-round pipeline program that prepares sixth- to 12th-grade students in West Baltimore for competitive and rewarding research, STEM, and health care career opportunities.

As the first middle school program funded by the National Cancer Institute’s  Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), the UMB CURE Scholars Program identifies sixth-graders with an interest in science from three West Baltimore middle schools and supports these scholars throughout middle school, high school, and beyond. The UMB CURE Scholars Program is designed to support under-represented minority students by exposing them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, exciting experiments, and inspiring mentors. With a 5:1 mentor-to-scholar ratio, scholars participate in after-school hands-on experiments; Saturday tutoring and life skill development workshops; and a comprehensive summer academic enrichment component. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to a long-term program and not based on academic performance measures. Through rich scientific opportunities, scholars gain presentation experience, academic growth, self-confidence, and the motivation necessary to succeed. The ultimate goal is to increase the pool of under-represented minorities pursuing careers in STEM, health care, and cancer research.

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