IUPUI awarded $2M grant for biomedical training program
An IUPUI program that helps students from minority and disadvantaged groups pursue careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences has received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will help six students who are currently enrolled in the IUPUI Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program.
IPREP fellows at IUPUI get access to an intensive research internship with a rigorous and individualized academic, professional and personal development plan.
Of the 45 students to complete the program since its launch in 2014, 91% have been admitted to Ph.D. or master’s degree programs.
“The renewal of federal funding for IPREP once again demonstrates NIH’s confidence in IUPUI’s dedication to ensuring diverse individuals are provided with exceptional training to access doctoral education,” said Janice Blum, IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and dean of the IU Graduate School Indianapolis. “This support will help our students move into careers as scientists and innovators in biomedical research and education.”
The students also receive 12 months’ paid research experience with outstanding faculty research mentors across the IUPUI campus.
IUPUI says over the next five years of the grant, IPREP will focus on preparing students for careers in six key areas: basic medical sciences, clinical psychology, neuroscience, human performance, biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence.