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Sep 25, 2012 8:11 AM by AP

Program helps students pursuing research work

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU and Baton Rouge Community College are teaming up with the help of a federal grant to make sure more students earn degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

LSU says the five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.

The Advocate reports the program is supposed to help increase the pool of students who pursue research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences through individual mentoring, peer tutoring, pre-college preparation programs and summer research opportunities. The program also has a professional development component for faculty.

Kevin Carman, dean of the LSU College of Science, said the Bridges program should help students overcome obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from reaching their potential.

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