The SARE Mission
The Summer Academic Research Experience (SARE) seeks to develop exceptional high school students, typically from disadvantaged backgrounds (low income, single parent household, a parent incarcerated or suffering from addiction, abuse, and/or homelessness), by introducing them to biomedical research. The students who go through the program are known as “SARE Scholars”. To date, 96% of our scholars to have reached college age have matriculated into 4-year college programs with 100% receiving partial or full financial support, and 59% have chosen STEM or health-related majors. The most senior SARE scholar alum is currently applying to medical school, and another is considering graduate doctoral programs upon college graduation.
SARE provides its scholars with a unique exposure to modern scientific research, combined with additional tutoring to fortify basic academic skills. The rationale is that many disadvantaged youth have not been exposed to an environment where creative and critical thinking skills are highlighted, where being smart and working hard are considered “cool”, where substantial academic accomplishment is celebrated, and where colleagues of all levels are ready to help when one needs it. Laboratories within academic research universities cultivate this type of environment. Therefore, we leverage this environment and utilize our science in outreach to this younger group of students. While research universities already have many outreach programs, most target the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels. Through SARE, Johns Hopkins targets adolescents at a critical age in an intensive manner, allowing for substantial impact that will carry on through these students’ lives.
Baltimore is an area of great need. Approximately 34% of children in Baltimore City grow up in poverty, which is nearly three times higher than the national rate (13%). Situated in East Baltimore, SARE provides a conduit for promising, disadvantaged students to achieve the academic and professional skills as well as the network needed to succeed.
Please see Program Features to learn about the facets of SARE, including its four pillars: Mentoring, Professionalism, Research, and Academic Fortification.
For a downloadable, short description of SARE, click here.
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Jul 21, 2017: SARE Scholar Jasmine Burrell was the CollegeBound Foundation (CBF) Scholar of the Year and gave the keynote speech at today’s the CBF's Luncheon (Jasmine presented right before Under Armour founder Kevin Plank gave his talk). Jasmine is matriculating into University of Maryland College Park where she will major in biochemistry. Kudos also to Erin Goley who was Jasmine’s research mentor PI!
And while we are at it, SARE had two scholars recognized by the CollegeBound Foundation at the luncheon. In addition to Jasmine, current SARE Scholar Kalila Holley was a CollegeBound Foundation Scholar of the Week.
The CBF recognizes 12 Scholars of the Week each year for their academic achievements, leadership, and community service, and they develop a 30-s commercial highlighting the scholar, which airs on Fox-45 for a week. In addition, the Scholar of the Year receives a $1000 scholarship from the CBF.
Jul 19, 2017: The Careers in Science and Medicine went to the Hill to advocate for the Health Careers Opportunity Program, which supports the CSM and SARE. DDP Director Deidra Crews, SARE scholar Tori Gillam, DDP scholar Ricardo Perez Dulzaides, SARE Director Doug Robinson, and Kristen Reek of Johns Hopkins Governmental Affairs participated. We had terrific meetings with the Representative Antony Brown, Suzanne Brown (Representative Elizah Cummings' office), Ziky Ababiya (Senator Van Hollen's office), Arnold Solamillos (Senator Cardin's office), and Tara Oursler (Representative Ruppersberger's office). See our photo with Representative Antony Brown in the slider. Tori and Ricardo were outstanding advocates for HCOP!
Jul 14, 2017: SARE welcomes back 2013 SARE Scholar Milan Dower. Milan is now a biomedical engineering major at University of Miami (3.7 GPA - Go Milan! - though we aren't surprised! . Milan will share her college experience with the current SARE scholars. Can't wait to see you, Milan!
Jun 26, 2017: SARE is in full session. What a great group with 17 scholars, including 6 returners!
Mar 7, 2017: DDP scholars Uriel Sanchez and Mobolanle Adebesin have multiple acceptances into MD and MD/PhD programs. Uriel has acceptances into several MD programs, including at Johns Hopkins, Stanford and Harvard. Mobolanle has acceptances into MD/PhD programs, including at Emory, Vanderbilt, Washington University St. Louis, and University of Chicago. This is very exciting! Congrats, Bola and Uriel!
Nov 22, 2016: The Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine: Helping Scholars Overcome Socioeconomic Barriers may now receive support through the United Way of Central Maryland and may be identified as JH Careers in Science and Medicine: Overcoming Socioeconomic Barriers with designation code 2994.
Nov 21, 2016: Our pipeline initiative, which includes SARE, Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens (BRBT), Summer Internship Program (SIP), and the Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP), will now be identified as the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine: Helping Scholars Overcome Socioeconomic Barriers (CSM for short).
Nov 21, 2016: Doctoral Diversity Program Scholar Mobolanle Adebesin was just accepted into the Emory University MD-PhD program. Congratulations, Bola!
Nov 21, 2016: We learned last week that several more of our SARE scholars have returned to school and are now realizing a 1.5 or greater increase in their GPAs as compared to last spring before they came to SARE.
June 21, 2016: We were awarded a grant from the Thomas Wilson Foundation for the Children of Baltimore. Thank you, TWF!
June 20, 2016: 15 SARE scholars (14 new and one returning) started today!
Aug 17, 2015: We received word today that we were awarded a ~$2M Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). With this grant, we will now double our number of students at the high school level (to >25 students/yr between SARE and our partnering program BRBT, which is another Hopkins high school program that shares our goals and values). We will also expand to include undergraduates (~17/yr) from disadvantaged backgrounds as part of the Summer Internship Program (SIP). We will also create a new program, the Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP), which will provide a 1-year mentored research and career development opportunity to 5 postbaccalaureate students annually. To accomplish this, we have assembled a wonderful team of Johns Hopkins Faculty and Staff who will help make this happen. Our overall goal is to establish a pipeline program to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be able to pursue advanced degrees in medical and STEM fields. Overall, this is a massive, comprehensive effort in which we will be impacting 48, 52, and 56 students in 2016, 2017, and 2018, respectively.
Four more scholars will matriculate into college this fall (2015).
1. Christopher Miller will attend Allegheny College as a mathematics major and on a full-ride scholarship from the National Science Foundation.
2. Stephanie Keyaka will attend Penn State, majoring in political science, and will be in the Schreyer Honors Program.
3. Diana Bobb will major in chemistry or biology at the University of Dayton and received scholarship and grant suppor from the university.
4. De'Sean Markley will attend Furman University and major in chemistry or biology. De'Sean also received considerable financial support.
Please get involved:
If you are interested in helping support SARE, please contact Doug Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah Farrell, Director of Development (email@example.com), or Katie Sullivan, Associate Director of Development (firstname.lastname@example.org), Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.