Research - Biology Scholars Program

The Biology Scholars Program (BSP) is a program composed of future leaders, physicians, & scientists that seek to contribute towards institutional change and improvement in local and global health disparities. We have a diverse group of students that come from economic, gender, ethnic, cultural, and other groups historically underrepresented in the Biological Sciences. The Biology Scholars Program offers a strong community within the university. Over 2,650 students have participated in the program over the past 20 years, and have gone on to graduate school, medical school, and other pathways, combining their scientific skills with their commitment to service to make a positive impact on the world. You do not have to be an IB or MCB major to be part of BSP, in fact we have many students from CNR departments!

To learn more about the program and how you can apply, visit our website and Facebook Page.

Check website for application deadlines.

Minimum BSP Member Requirements:

Attend the All Student Meeting (1/2 day on a Saturday) at the beginning of every Fall and Spring Semester.
Meet with an advisor at least once per semester in their first year in BSP and at least once a year after that.
Attend at least the first session of each BSP study group in which they are enrolled in the corresponding class.
Complete John Matsuiā€™s Fall 1-unit course, IB C96, and Spring 2-unit course, MCB 15, within their first two years of BSP membership.
Help clean and maintain the student room during use and when selected randomly for a group clean-up.
Follow all rules regarding the protection and maintenance of BSP resources and facilities.
Promptly respond to any communications and surveys from BSP staff during their undergraduate years and after graduation from Cal.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at:, stop by our office in 2018 VLSB, or call our office at 510.643.4150.