Prospective Scholars


‌‌Are you going into 6th-8th grade this fall at Franklin Square Elementary and Middle School, Green Street Academy, or Southwest Baltimore Charter School? Are you a student from West Baltimore going into 9th-10thgrade this fall?

  • A scholar getting hands-on experience in a lab‌Do you like hands-on, interactive, and fun science experiments?
  • Would you like to attend STEM-related fields trips and workshops?
  • Are you interested in learning about STEM-related fields of study?
  • Would you like a paid summer internship within the fields of cancer research, health care, and STEM?
  • Would you like to earn scholarship funds for higher education as a participant in the program?

Become a UMB CURE Scholar!


What it looks like to be a UMB CURE Scholar.

Afterschool and Saturday Academy

Middle School

Middle schoolers complete three curriculum tracks to prepare their foundational science skills and research knowledge.

6th Grade- Food Science

Scholars will use food as a tool to learn basic scientific and laboratory principles as well as concepts of scientific research. Scholars will be able to use these skills to understand how nutrition impacts health and can influence illness risk and cancer development/ treatment.

7th Grade- Anatomy

Scholars will develop an in-depth and thorough understanding of human anatomy at the macroscopic level. This course will allow scholars to complete relevant dissections from various organ systems as well as create a capstone project around disease and cancer and how it impacts specific body systems.

8th Grade- Coding/ Robotics

Scholars will learn basic skills around coding and robotics to compete in VEX IQ competitions during the school year. This course will allow for scholars to program robots to complete various tasks based on the competition requirements.

High School

High schoolers participate in a weekly Saturday academy focused on biomedical research and real-world application. Scholars will explore concepts of biology and medicine as they take on the role of various medical professionals to solve real world problems.  Scholars will learn concepts around epidemiology and public health to understand how health care works on a macro/population level.

Summer Academy

Middle School

The UMB CURE Scholars program provides summer camp experiences for middle school scholars. The summer camp experience features collaboration with various professional groups across campus including the School of Dentistry and The Institute of Genome Science. Scholars also engage in individualized academic enrichment to lessen the “summer learning loss.”

High School

High School scholars are paid through the Baltimore City Youthworks initiative and engage in several learning experiences from forensics, pharmacy, engineering, and public and community health, and CPR certification.

Annual Special Events

White Coat Ceremony with Cure Scholars

White Coat/ Pinning Ceremony

Scholars will don their white coats and receive pins for each curriculum track completed. Families can support their scholars and celebrate their achievements.

STEM Expo with Bruce Jarrell and Scholar


Each year scholars have the opportunity to showcase their experience by presenting at our annual STEM Expo. Members of the UMB community also can work with scholars during their research preparation and provide support to advance scholar research.