20 Jul UMass Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Programs’
Among those who received degrees at UMass Medical School’s 39th Commencement exercises this past June were six individuals—nearly 5 percent of this year’s medical and biomedical sciences graduates—who had studied here years before they entered the doctoral programs. While still in college or high school, they participated in one or more UMMS summer outreach program for students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine, or who are economically or educationally disadvantaged. The Office of Outreach Programs again hosted three diverse groups of young people this summer, all of whom shared the common goal of learning more about what it takes to become a physician, research scientist or other health care or biomedical science professional. This is the second in a three-part series highlighting the experiences of some of the students and educators who participated this summer in these potentially life-changing programs.