October 13, 2010

NIH Grant Helps Grambling State Students Prepare for Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences

GRAMBLING, LA—Grambling State University undergraduates seeking admission to doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences now have additional support from the National Institute of Health (NIH). NIH has awarded a $792,502 grant to continue funding the Minority Access to Research (MARC), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), and Bridge program to assist Grambling students in preparing for doctoral programs in biomedical sciences.

The MARC program provides annual fellowships of $33,102 for Louisiana residents attending Grambling and $43,130 for non-residents–the highest amount for undergraduate fellowships for any state supported institution in the nation. The RISE program funds wages of up to $5,400 for students who assist Grambling State faculty with research initiatives. The Bridge Program is a partnership between Grambling State, Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA), and LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport (LSU-HSC). This program enables students who complete their associate’s degree at SUSLA to seamlessly transfer to Grambling to pursue a bachelor’s degree. LSU-HSC provides support by offering the research component.

Grambling students are selected during their junior or senior years and receive individualized program support to enhance their chances of admission to competitive graduate degree programs.

NIH grant-funded students who successfully complete Grambling’s rigorous academic program receive summer research internships, opportunities to present research at national research conferences, tutorial sessions in selected courses and assistance in completing graduate school applications. These activities are also open to other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students who are not supported by the grants.

Dr. M.A. Himaya and Dr. Felix Ifeanyi of the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Parashu Sharma of the Department of Math and Computer Sciences led the effort in developing and implementing the NIH grants. During the past 10 years, these programs have received grant awards totaling $8,148,784.

For additional information, contact Dr. M.A. Himaya at 318-274-3149.


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