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January 31, 2001


Contact: Tim Woodhull




California State University, Dominguez Hills to host weeklong conference for minority students exploring careers in the sciences

A conference designed to give students of color a close look at careers in the biomedical sciences has been scheduled by Minority Student Research Programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The university is positioned to address the issue of minorities in the sciences. It hosts such highly regarded programs as the Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research and the Minority Biomedical Research Program, which have won major grants designed to assist minority students interested in careers in the sciences. Moreover, for the third consecutive year, CSU Dominguez Hills is listed by U.S. News & World Report as the most diverse public university in the West.

The “First Annual Conference on Education/Career Opportunities in the Biomedical Sciences, ” scheduled for the week of February 12-16, will examine myriad issues that concern students, from how to prepare an application for school and what obstacles they may encounter to how to pay for the education they seek.

The issues, say conference organizers, will be addressed with the focus on under-represented minority students, including African American, Native American, Hispanic, and
Pacific Islander.

Guest speakers for the conference will include Frank Talamantes, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; George Littleton, associate professor, Howard University, College of Medicine; Barbra Horrell, director of Student Recruitment/Retention, University of Missouri –Columbia; Linda Phaire-Washington, senior program leader, Argonne National Laboratory; Rod Ulane, associate dean, Associate Dean, MD/PhD Program Administrator, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; and, Tino Gonzalez, coordinator of Educational Recruitment, University of Texas Medical Branch.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research at (310) 243-3401.