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June 8, 2009


National Institutes of Health Awards CSU Dominguez Hills $1.02 Million Minority Access to Research Careers Grant

(Carson, CA) – California State University, Dominguez Hills was recently awarded a $1,025,430 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through its Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (USTAR) program.

The purpose of the MARC USTAR program is to give minority students, who are traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, more financial freedom to concentrate on their studies and assure their success in acquiring doctorate degrees for careers in those fields. The grant awarded to CSUDH is expected to support six junior or senior-level students.

Each MARC USTAR student at CSUDH would receive a $10,500 stipend to cover tuition and fees, lab supplies, as well as travel expenses to attend conferences and to participate in a summer research project at a top institution. Eligible juniors or seniors may remain in the program for up to two years, during which they must maintain a 3.0 GPA and work with a mentor faculty member who will include the student as a co-author in their research. MARC USTAR students are also expected to stay informed on their discipline and present their work at scholarly conferences.

The program will complement CSUDH’s existing Minority Biomedical Research Support Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE) program, an NIH-sponsored program that also provides students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences with the competitive edge needed to enter doctoral programs. Currently, there are 14 students in the MBRS RISE program.



About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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