January 14, 2017

Co-founded by MERIT Scholar Mercedes Thompson, Baltimore Beyond Plastic is a youth-led organization focused on reducing waste in Baltimore.  They are currently working to support a Maryland ban on expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam).

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December 16, 2016

MERIT BioCrew Wins Bronze

The MERIT Synthetic Biology team, also known as the "BioCrew," won bronze at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition in Boston.  On an all-expenses-paid trip, the Scholars presented their innovative proposal to use b...

September 9, 2016

In the Art of Medicine Internship (AMI), rising-junior Scholars shadow up to 20 different health care providers in a variety of settings including intensive care, pediatrics, outpatient clinics, surgery, and more. Scholars experience various career paths including medi...

September 1, 2016

Scholars Present their Research


At MERIT's 6th Annual Research Symposium, Scholars presented their summer research to a crowd of friends, family members, health professionals, and community members.  Rising juniors analyzed the physiology and epidemiology of critical i...

July 13, 2016

MERIT Scholar Jessica Cooley recently spoke at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Grand Rounds alongside U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings. In her moving remarks, Jessica described the enlightening experience of witnessing a surgery for the first time during her MERIT...

May 10, 2016

For the third year in a row, 100% of MERIT Scholars have been accepted to 4-year Universities! From in-state colleges like the University of Maryland and Towson, to out-of-state schools like Hampton and Xavier, most Scholars were accepted by their top choice. Scholars...

March 29, 2016

MERIT was recently published in the medical journal, Education for Health. The article, which focuses on the MERIT program model, was co-authored by our founders Tyler Mains and Mark Wilcox, and board member, Dr. Scott Wright. This is MERIT’s first publication in a pee...

March 26, 2016

Last week, MERIT was featured on the radio program Marketplace, which aired nationally on NPR. The piece focused on MERIT’s work to increase the number of under-represented physicians. Senior Scholar Christiona spoke to the importance of rising above low expectations,...

December 20, 2015

MERIT was featured in the December 1st addition of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. This prestigious medical journal recognized MERIT as a promising long-term strategy for increasing diversity in the health care workforce.

December 13, 2015

MERIT’s Founder and Executive Director, Tyler Mains, was recently recognized as a Baltimore Ravens 2015 Community Quarterback Award winner, which included a $3,500 grant for the organization! 

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