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Wayne State University awarded $3 million from NIH to foster science and research careers
Date:8/4/2011

Detroit - The National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a five-year grant of more than $3 million to support the Wayne State University Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program.

WSU's IMSD program, established in 1978 as the Minority Biomedical Research Support program with NIH support, aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a more personalized experience to foster career development while enhancing persistence and success in science majors. The program provides undergraduates with opportunities to maximize academic and research skills, and helps graduate students gain experience in teaching, mentoring and course development.

At Wayne State, the program has supported more than 700 students. As of 2010, 390 of undergraduates in the program have gone on to complete bachelor's degrees, 64 have obtained master of science degrees, and 68 have gone on to complete doctorates.

"We're pleased that the NIH has seen fit to continue our efforts to support the research efforts of students who otherwise might not be able to take part in such activities," said Joseph Dunbar, Ph.D., WSU associate vice president for research and IMSD program director. "In line with its mission as an urban research university, Wayne State has a long tradition of offering research opportunities to underrepresented students, and this renewed support will allow us to continue to do so."

Students like Tamaria Dewdney have benefited from the IMSD program. "I fell in love with research, and that probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't had that initial exposure to a research lab," said Dewdney, who completed her undergraduate work in 2009 and now is in the second year of a doctoral program in biochemistry. "Coming out of high school not a lot of people know about research, and I definitely was one of them."

Students also credit IMSD for introducing them
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Contact: Julie O'Connor
julie.oconnor@wayne.edu
313-577-8845
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research
Source:Eurekalert

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