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The Island University Receives Grant to Enhance Undergraduate Education, Training, and Mentorship in the Biomedical Sciences

October 30, 2013

Suzzette Chopin

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Suzzette F. Chopin, Regents Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has received a $218,687 six-month planning grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop research and mentoring opportunities for undergraduates in biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, psychology, and sociology. The planning grant provides funding to develop a proposal for the multi-year NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) grant, which focuses on increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.

The planning grant award provides the University with the funding to develop creative strategies enabling students to complete a bachelor’s degree and enter biomedical and behavioral Ph.D. programs. Strategies include providing workshops, seminars, one-on-one mentored undergraduate research opportunities during the summer and tuition scholarships.

Seven investigators from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will partner with four research-intensive institutions to create the proposal. The University investigators will include Dr. Eugene Billiot, Dr. Pamela Brouillard, Dr. Gregory W. Buck, Dr. Mehrube Mehrubeoglu, Dr. Pamela Meyer, and Dr. Mark Olson. Research partners represent the University of Houston/University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; the University of North Texas Health Science Center; Texas A&M College of Medicine; and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The BUILD initiative will improve Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s ability to facilitate student success in research career paths. In order to receive the BUILD award, the NIH encourages applicants to propose bold and different approaches for research and mentorship opportunities.

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