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NIH Science Scholars Program


Who is eligible to participate?

Eligible students are those who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. These students are African-Americans, Latinos,  Native Americans and U.S. Pacific Islanders

Students need to have started Math 860 (or a higher math class) and Chemistry 40 (or a higher chemistry class). They need evidence of solid grades (but not necessarily A's!) in their past courses.

The program prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities offering programs in the biological sciences and chemistry. Many participants intend to go on to medical or dental school, or to pursue Masters and Ph.D. degrees in some aspect of the biomedical sciences.


Who administers the program?

The program is run jointly by faculty members at CCSF (Dr. Ronald Drucker, Chemistry), Skyline College and San Francisco State University (Prof. Steven Weinstein,  Biology). Funding comes from the National Institutes of Health ("NIH"), the Federal agency that supports much of the biomedical research and training in the U.S.


What can the program do for me?

Our ultimate goal as the program's administrators is to assist you in transferring to the university of your choice with the background you'll need to succeed in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Specifically, the program will ...

• Introduce you to other students who share your career interests;

• Help you to form study groups and will organize groups as required;

• Provide you with advising by a faculty member;

• Provide a weekly seminar featuring presentations of research topics, discussions of study strategies, advice on applying to four-year universities, and other topics that are of relevance to you as a developing professional;

• Provide paid summer research opportunities in biology laboratories at S.F. State University, including a thorough introduction to the widely-used PCR procedure for characterizing DNA;

• Offer a summer workshop in pre-calculus mathematics using graphing calculators.


How do I find out more about the program?

Simply schedule a time to talk with Dr. Drucker, whose office is Science 249. You can call him (415-239-3389) or email him (