SBU Wins $1.4 Million NIH Grant to Support Underrepresented Undergrad and Doctoral Researchers

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SBU Wins $1.4 Million NIH Grant to Support Underrepresented Undergrad and Doctoral Researchers

The fifth high visibility award won by CIE, totaling $8.5 million in funds and support for 165 students and postdoctoral scholars

Top row left to right: Nina Maung-Gaona (Co-Principal Investigator), Alexandria DellaPenna (IMSD Undergraduate Student), Kellon Belfon (IMSD Graduate Student), Andreyah Pope (IMSD Graduate Student), Sarah Georges (IMSD Undergraduate Student), Dr. Angel Gonzalez (Program Manager), Kathryne Piazzola (CIE Administrator)

Bottom row, left to right: Dominic Moronta (IMSD Graduate Student), 
Dr. David Ferguson (Co-Principal Investigator), 
Jinelle Wint (IMSD Graduate Student), Dr. J. Peter Gergen (Principal Investigator and Project Director}, Maryam Ige (IMSD Undergraduate Student), Denise Laspina (IMSD Undergraduate Student), Chantal Adlam (IMSD Graduate Student), Toni Sperzel (CIE Program Manager)

STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 29, 2014 – Stony Brook University’s (SBU) Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program. The grant will help increase the number of underrepresented individuals completing undergraduate and doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences, further supporting SBU’s efforts in expanding and diversifying its undergrad and graduate programs. This grant marks the fifth high visibility, and competitive, award received by the CIE totaling $8.5 million in funds and support for 165 students and postdoctoral scholars.
“The center’s receipt of this $1.4 million grant from the NIH is indicative of their success in integrating research, education and professional development for underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences, “ said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dennis N. Assanis. “It will further enable us to provide the programming and resources necessary for these students to transition through the pipeline and, working with our world-renowned faculty, foster the inter-generational transmission of knowledge and skills needed for ground-breaking research and discovery.”
The IMSD project had been named MERGE: Maximizing Excellence in Research and Graduate Education (IMSD-MERGE). Over …

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