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Charisa Cottonham, PhD Candidate, Receives the 2010 Hope Scholarship

Date Posted: abril 06, 2010

The Hope Scholarship is awarded by the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) at Harvard. 

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP), founded in 1991, was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1994. BSCP's first student conference took place in March 1992 and was attended by 300 high school, college, medical and graduate minority students. Since its inception, more than 5,300 students and over 500 post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty have participated in BSCP programs. The founding sponsors of the Biomedical Science Careers Program are the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program, the New England Board of Higher Education and the Massachusetts Medical Society. 

BSCP's principal objectives are to identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for academically outstanding students, particularly African-American, Hispanic American and American Indian/Alaskan Native students. These students range from high school to post-doctoral level. 

The overall aim of all BSCP activities is to increase the representation of minorities in the biomedical and biotechnology fields while helping health care institutions, biotechnology firms, educational institutions, professional organizations and private industry members meet their need for a diverse workforce. More information about the BSCP can be viewed at 

Over the past three years, Charisa has participated in several BSCP-sponsored events. In 2007 and 2009, she presented her research at the New England Science Symposium and in 2010, attended the BSCP Student Conference. In April 2009, she attended the BSCP Evening of Hope fundraiser with her seat sponsored by Alkermes, Inc. She also served as a panelist at both the 2008 BSCP “Skills Workshops for College and High School Students” and the 2010 BSCP Student Conference “Getting into Health Professional School.”

“Participation in these activities allowed me to share and receive feedback about my research. Also, BSCP-sponsored events have increased my knowledge about the opportunities available to me upon completion of the Ph.D., which will aid in my decisions on how to pursue the next stages of my career to ultimately become an independent investigator. 

I am extremely honored to be a 2010 Hope Scholarship recipient and will receive this award at the Evening of Hope scheduled for April 29, 2010.”

– Charisa Cottonham, PhD Candidate, Program in Molecular Medicine, Laboratory of Dr. Lan Xu