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Grant to help increase diversity of students in biomedical sciences

The KU Office for Diversity in Science Training has received a two-year $574,000 Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program grant from the National Institutes of Health Minority Opportunities in Research Program.

The PREP grant provides support for up to two years of mentored research experience and additional training to up to six recent graduates of KU or Haskell Indian Nations University.

The program seeks to increase the diversity of students entering graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.

Participants receive post-baccalaureate educational experiences designed to enhance their competitiveness for graduate school.

"We are pleased that this program is now available to KU and Haskell students as our office works to increase the diversity of students entering biomedical research careers," said James A. Orr, chair of KU's Division of Biological Sciences.

In addition to the newly funded PREP program, the Office of Diversity in Science Training manages several NIH-funded training grants that seek to increase the diversity of students entering science research careers. Undergraduate research experiences for KU students are supported through the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity program and for Haskell students through the 500 Nations Bridges to the Future program.

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February 5, 2007 : Vol. 31, No. 10

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