FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for its “Bridges to the Baccalaureate” program.
The program is part of a larger initiative by NIH to increase the number of minorities in biomedical research.
The FMU program aims to increase the number of minority students that complete an Associate of Science degree at Florence-Darlington Technical College, Northeastern Technical College, or Williamsburg Technical College and transfer to FMU with the intention of finishing a bachelor’s degree in a field that will lead to biomedical research.
The program will support the science courses at the technical colleges by providing equipment and technology to the professors at those institutions. Students at the two-year colleges will have the opportunity to have extra contact with their professors and with faculty from Francis Marion through special seminars and mentoring sessions.
The program will provide summer institutes for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate students during which they will have enriched coursework in science and math and opportunities to carry out research at FMU and in local research companies.
Students and faculty will also attend regional and national scientific meetings to hear research presentations in biomedicine.
Julia Krebs of FMU is the director of the program. FMU’s Peter King and Robert Barrett are the project coordinator and program evaluator, respectively. Program coordinators at the technical colleges are: Marie Mackey (NETC), David Saleeby (FDTC), and Clifton R. Elliott (WTC).
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