Related Programs and Partners

Along with participating UMBC academic departments, there are several additional programs and organizations which interact with the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. We invite you to learn more about these institutional partners and friends.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a non-profit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies and plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S. UMBC’s HHMI investigator, Dr. Michael Summers, is primarily engaged in the research on application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to studies of the structure and function of proteins and macromolecular interactions.

The Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 33 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching college and universities whose mission is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is funded in part by the National Science Foundation’s EHR/HRD Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. NSF LSAMP grants past and present include #9550593, #0000295, #0503332, and #1002566. The Meyerhoff Scholars at UMBC are participants in the University System of Maryland’s LSAMP. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


U-RISE awards provide support for students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. The program also supports efforts to strengthen the science course curricula, pedagogical skills of faculty, and biomedical research training at institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups.

Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program

The Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program focuses on promoting cultural diversity in the biomedical sciences at the graduate level. Funded by an NIH/MBRS Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD) grant, UMBC graduate students are supported while receiving their Ph.D. in one of the following areas: Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; Chemistry-Biology Interface; Mechanical Engineering; Molecular and Cell Biology; Neuroscience and Cognitive Science; Psychology; and Toxicology.