Cornell Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

Principal Investigator: Avery August

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Sponsor: NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Grant Number: 1R25GM125597-01
Title: Cornell Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
Project Amount: $279,748
Project Period: March 2018 to February 2019

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): 

Minority graduate trainees represent a growing pool of students traditionally underrepresented in biomedical and biological sciences, and the changing demographics of the U.S. will require their increased participation in the life sciences. This proposal seeks to provide underrepresented minority students, and those with disabilities, entrance to biological and biomedical sciences graduate programs at Cornell, and provide them with individualized training programs to enhance their successful completion of the PhD. More effective preparation will lead to increased numbers of minority students and those with disabilities being trained at the highest level, and thus increased diversification of workers in the biomedical sciences, so that they will be tomorrow’s leaders in advancing health, including those with the largest degree of health disparities.