Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotech Program

Kate Stuart
March 20, 2015
Posted in Announcements

What is SMDP Biotech?

The one year career mentoring program pairs ethnically diverse graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with industry mentors who work at biotech companies.

With their mentors, Scholars attend a 6-day training session to learn about career opportunities in the biotech industry and receive career development coaching.  They also attend a major biotech industry convention.

Who may apply?

The year-long career mentoring program benefits graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the biotech industry workforce, including Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Native Americans.

What are the benefits to Scholars?

  • A 6-day career training experience that pairs SMDP
  • Biotech Scholars with industry mentors from biotech companies
  • One year of personalized career mentoring and guidance from a biotech industry mentor
  • The opportunity to meet and network with biotech industry mentors and other SMDP Biotech Scholars
  • Conference accommodations, meals, complementary registration for the SMDP Biotech training session
  • Registration for a major biotechnology industry convention
  • Up to $350 in travel cost reimbursements
  • A personalized profile on the Mentoring Portal
  • Ongoing networking and career opportunities

Complete the online SMDP Biotech application form by April 30, 2015, see


•  Submit your resume and two recommendation letters: one from a major science instructor  and one from your faculty advisor or a suitable substitute

•  Submit a 2-page personal narrative describing how you think SMDP Biotech will enhance your education and professional development. Also include your long-term career goals, academic goals, and your scientific or research focus. Lastly, discuss how an industry mentor will impact your career and what you expect to gain.


For more information, please download the flyer.