UAPB professors seek to revive Biomedical program

Washington, D.C – Dr. Sederick C. Rice, assistant professor of biology and Dr. Abul Kazi, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will be traveling to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to meet with program managers to discuss re-establishing the Minority Biomedical Research Sciences (MBRS) Program at UAPB.  The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and MBRS programs were strong undergraduate research training programs established and supported by the late Dr. William Willingham and the late Dr. Clifton Orr, in the 1990s at UAPB.

“We will work closely with the MBRS Program officers to write proposals to establish these programs,” said Dr. Kazi. “Our initial target will be to get funding for MBRS RISE Program.”

MBRS awards are made to 4-year colleges, M.S. – and Ph.D.-granting universities that have historical missions focused on serving students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research as defined by the National Science Foundation. These groups include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders and persons with disabilities. MBRS goals are to support research by faculty members; strengthen the institutions’ biomedical research capabilities; and increase the interest, skills and competitiveness of students and faculty in pursuit of biomedical research careers.  MBRS has three major grant mechanisms: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD). Travel to NIGMS was supported by federal grant funds received by Dr. Jessie J. Walker, coordinator of the computer science department at UAPB.

For more information about the program, call (870)575-7044.

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