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Mission Statement

The Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) is committed to maintaining a diverse student environment, and we encourage students from all backgrounds to apply to our program. Students who join the BBS Program will receive the necessary support and mentorship both to thrive at Yale and to succeed in their future scientific careers.

Yale and BBS offer numerous resources for students from underrepresented populations, as exemplified by the links on the left hand side of this page. In particular, we strive to provide underrepresented minority students with role models and mentors among the faculty and give students opportunities to network with these faculty and with one another. Prospective and current students are encouraged to contact the BBS Director of Minority Affairs ( to learn more about the strategies, resources, and programs available to them. Students can also contact Rochelle Smith, Dean's Designee, to discuss any challenges they might be experiencing. Rochelle also works with Anton Bennett to administer the Yale BBS Diversity and Inclusion Collective (YBDIC).

Also noted in the links to the left are resources for students with disabilities. In particular, Student Accessibility Services and the Graduate School’s Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity have extensive experience in tailoring transportation, IT, and classroom resources to students with special needs. Please contact either office for additional information.


We will be at the following conferences:

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), October 28 - 30, 2021. Location: To be determined

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 10 - 13, 2021, Virtual Conference