The Black Undergraduate Mentorship Program in Biology (BUMP Biology) is awarded the Graduate Equity Initiative Grant

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 14:30
Group photo of students outside

Image credit: Raffi Cohn

It is our great pleasure to announce that BUMP Biology has received the Graduate Equity Initiative Grant from Columbia University’s School of Arts & Sciences, which will provide funding for our group for the next three years.

Our program aims to provide Black undergraduates, who are historically underrepresented in STEM majors and careers, with access to career-building resources at Columbia. Each undergraduate in our program is paired with a Career Mentor from the Black Alumni Council (BAC), who provides professional mentorship rooted in a shared lived experience, and a Trainee Research Mentor, a postdoc or graduate student who provides a pipeline into the sometimes elusive world of academic research. With the new financial support provided by the GEI grant, we will also now be able to provide a stipend for students doing research in the biological sciences, as we firmly believe in paying students a livable wage for work necessary to further their careers.

BUMP Biology was born in a perfect storm of collaboration between Columbia’s Black Alumni Council (BAC), the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity (RCSS), the Biology Department’s Biology Trainees Against Exclusion (BTAE) and Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (ZI). From our very first virtual meeting a year ago in the midst of a difficult world, it was impossible to look at the faces, disciplines, and ideas represented (in tiny screens, from the comfort of various homes) and not to expect great things. 

[Note added on 6/6/2022: More details can be found on pages 7-10 of the 2021-22 edition of the RCSS Journal of Undergraduate Research]


BUMP Coordinators: 

Yasmin H. Ramadan (3rd year, PhD)

Beka Stecky (4th year, PhD)

Raffi Cohn (Postdoc)

Neci Whye (Alumni, BAC)

Raisa Alam (Alumni)

Riley Jones, IV (Alumni, BAC)

Ponce Tidwell (Undergraduate)

Dr. Bob Pollack (Faculty, RCSS)

Dr. Harmen Bussemaker (Faculty)

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