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Keystone Symposia awarded $1.37 million, 5-year NIH grant to fund ongoing diversity efforts
Date:3/12/2010

SILVERTHORNE, CO March 12, 2010 Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology is pleased to announce receipt of a $1.37 million, five-year MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) Ancillary Training Activities grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Entitled "Empowering Visible Ethnic Minority Scientists and Trainees at Keystone Symposia," the grant will fund the organization's efforts to enhance participation in biomedical research by historically underrepresented US ethnic minorities. The NIH definition of such individuals encompasses Black/African Americans (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans/Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

With a funding period that begins March 5, 2010, the grant will support diversity initiatives that were launched by Keystone Symposia in 2006 and significantly expanded in the years since. Initially, these efforts were made largely possible by a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, awarded in January 2008. Shortly thereafter, in April 2008, Dr. Laina King joined the organization as Director of Diversity in Life Science Programs. Currently, Keystone Symposia also receives some corporate support from Amgen Inc. specifically for its diversity programming.

The programs the new grant will fund include outreach to potential scientist attendees, speakers, organizers and Scientific Advisory Board members of Keystone Symposia; a Fellows Program that provides mentoring for early-career scientists committed to diversity and allows them to shadow the Keystone Symposia program development process for one year; and scholarships for underrepresented minority (URM) students and postdoctoral fellows that pay more than half of the costs of attending a Keystone Symposia life science conference. As a result of the new grant, Keystone Symposi
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