Updated March 21, 2008

Premium Lock NC State Receives $2.1 Million to Promote Diversity within Biomedical Ph.D. Programs

Published: 2008-03-20 22:34:00
Updated: 2008-03-21 07:11:18

Students from traditionally underrepresented populations now have access to funding for their pursuit of a Ph.D. in the fields of biomedical and behavioral sciences at North Carolina State University. A 4-year, $2.1 million grant was provided to the university by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage diversity in graduate programs.

The NIH's Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity program is designed to recruit and retain undergraduate students to work in research labs with academic mentors. They are then expected to enter into an advanced degree program in biomedical or behavioral sciences.

"Ideally, we want to increase the diversity within Ph.D. pools for universities and industry to draw from," says David Shafer, assistant dean of the graduate school. "This grant is about more than just research funding - it provides mentoring, group learning and professional development opportunities, and will result in students who are extremely well-prepared to pursue either further study or jobs in their field."

The grant also provides selected graduate students with research assistantships during the first two years of their Ph.D. programs, including tuition, health insurance and stipend. Up to 35 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students will be funded over the four years. The first students will receive funding in 2008....

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