ASU awarded $2.97 million grant to boost research program

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) -Alabama State University is getting a multi-million-dollar boost to a research program.

The National Institute of Health Awarded of a 5-year grant worth $2.97 million from its National Research Mentoring Network titled, “Intersection of Social Capital, Mentorship, and Networking on Persistence, Engagement, and Science Identity.”

The nearly $3 million grant to ASU will be used to advance the schools biomedical studies. The money will be used to increase the diversity of the biomedical workforce through a mentorship program aimed at freshman students who are interested in those careers.

School leaders say ASU will lead the grant activities, as well as partner institutions Tuskegee University (TU), Savannah State University (SSU), Vanderbilt University (VU), and the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).

Each year, a minimum of 150 freshmen students from ASU as well as TU and SSU will be benefited by this grant.

The main goal of the grant is to increase the diversity of the biomedical workforce by providing mentorship, networking, and career development activities to freshmen students in biomedical disciplines at ASU and partnering institutions.

Visit https://www.alasu.edu/ for more information on Alabama State University.

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