Students, Researchers to Discuss Training Minority Scientists

July 20, 2005

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

According to the National Science Foundation, 12 percent of all science doctoral degrees awarded in 2003 went to minorities. That percentage was slightly lower than the previous nine years. In response to this disparity, Tulane University, Xavier University and the U.S. Office of Naval Research are coming together in a unique effort to recruit more minority students into science and medicine.

The Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities will host an educational workshop entitled "Training Minority Scientists: Exploring Partnerships, Expanding Opportunities" August 4-5 at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. This interactive workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, will provide a forum of research opportunities and innovative educational strategies that will encourage minority students to pursue science careers.

The meeting is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students. University and agency researchers and research training program directors are invited to attend by fee. At the workshop, attendees will discover research training opportunities, strategies to enhance training programs to fit students' academic needs and the non-traditional career paths of many minority scientists.

A poster session will be presented Thursday evening, August 4. Another key feature of the two-day event will be oral presentations by student interns of the 2005 CBR Summer Research Academy on Friday, August 5. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit or contact Charles Allen, program manager, at 504-988- 6612 or by e-mail to

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