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IEE Managing Board Member Doug Robinson, PhD Recognized for Contributions to Diversity in Health Professions Education

August 26, 2015 - Douglas Robinson, Professor of Cell Biology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Emily M. Gray Award from the Biophysical Society, recognizing his significant contributions to education in biophysics.

Douglas Robinson, PhDDouglas Robinson, PhD

In addition to his distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction and in mentoring research scientists, the Biophysical Society made special note of Robinson's leadership of the Summer Academic Research Experience (SARE). This novel pipeline program, provides summer internship experiences in research laboratories at Johns Hopkins for Baltimore City high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine and biomedical science.

Read about a SARE scholar's experience in the program and learn more about how Robinson got started. Also, visit the SARE website to learn more about the program itself, which recently received significant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through the Health Careers Opportunity Program, two Hopkins-grown outreach programs - Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens and Summer Academic Research Experience - will receive $2 million in funding over three years. The grant fully funds the programs and allows them to double the number of local teens they reach. The programs help high school and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome socioeconomic barriers and enter the healthcare workforce.

The award also funds 17 undergraduates for the Summer Internship Program and 5 postbaccalaureates for a newly developed, one-year mentored research experience, the Doctoral Diversity Program.

The programs are run under a team of Johns Hopkins investigators led by Robinson.

Learn more about the Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens program and the Summer Academic Research Experience.