$2.8M grant supports SDSU minority students

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SAN DIEGO – A $2.8 million federal grant will be used to double the size of a San Diego State University program that supports 30 minority students in biomedical and behavioral sciences, the school announced Thursday.

The funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences will also allow the 20-year-old Initiative for Maximizing Student Development to be extended through 2017, according to SDSU.

“Spanning across multiple colleges and disciplines, this intensive program prepares junior and senior-level students for competitive doctoral, research and leadership careers in the biomedical and behavioral research fields,” said its director, William Tong, a chemistry professor at SDSU.

According to SDSU, students in the program take part year-round academic programs, receive mentoring from more than 50 faculty members, and participate in internships, scientific seminars and local and national conferences.

Participants are first-generation college students, minorities or female students studying in a male-dominated science field.

The university said 30 alumni who graduated from the program have earned a doctorate, while others have obtained master’s degrees, are post-doctoral fellows or are teaching or employed in the biomedical and behavioral sciences around the world.

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