Yendelela L. Cuffee
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 www.bscp.org/about.asp.
Yendelela L. Cuffee, born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hampton University and a master’s degree in epidemiology from New York Medical College. Her dissertation research focuses on elucidating the root causes of cardiovascular health disparities, and focusing on the psychosocial and behavioral predictors of medication nonadherence. She presented a poster at the 2010 New England Science Symposium, an oral presentation at the 2011 New England Science Symposium, and was a member of the BSCP New England Science Symposium planning committee. After completing her studies at UMass, Yendelela hopes to continue research aimed at identifying and reducing health disparities among African Americans and designing interventions that promote medication adherence among underserved populations.