Biomedicine Deliberative Citizens Debate (BioDECIDE) engages underserved high school students in discussion, debate and on-line research related to some of the most cutting-edge, controversial, and personally relevant topics in biomedicine today. The project annually serves over fifty low-income, first-generation college-bound youth participating in the Miami Science Museum's ongoing Upward Bound (UB) program. BioDECIDE supplements content delivered through the regular UB program, involving students in the development and testing of activities themed around current health issues related to infectious diseases/HIV, mental health, cancer, environmental health, and physical fitness.
Through a partnership with University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, students participating in the BioDECIDE program have access to guest speakers and mentors as well as supervised research internships in biomedical labs at UM's Jackson Memorial Medical Complex, the second largest public hospital in the nation and a major hub for health care and research. These internships equip students with the motivation, tools, and access to explore careers in biomedical research directly related to priority health areas, research capacities, and employment opportunities in Miami-Dade County.