Sep 21, 2009 9:49 AM by sleonard
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - Grambling State University has gotten $1.5 million to attract more minority students to biomedical science programs.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences grant is for training opportunities to students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, math or computer science.
M.A. Himaya, head of the university's physics department and director of the Minority Access to Research Careers program, said the number of minority researchers in the health field in the
United States is "very, very small." For example, he said less than 1 percent of researchers are black and cited economic factors as contributing to that.
Grambling also received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education for its master's program in nursing. The money is to be disbursed over six years.
---Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com
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