The University of Missouri has received a $1.1 million grant to continue a program aimed at increasing diversity in biomedical sciences.
The grant from the National Institutes of Health is for the university’s Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, or PREP. The PREP program was established in 2003 to increase diversity in 30 biomedical sciences departments and programs by recruiting minority students.
The grant allows the program to continue for another four years.
Michael Garcia, associate professor of biological sciences, says the program is designed to bring first generation, underserved and minority students into the university and prepare them to enter into a doctoral program.