Iowa State University:
Summer Internships for Undergraduates in Molecular Biotechnology & Genomics
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Molecular Biology
The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
University of Georgia:
Participation of 8-12 undergraduates (some but not all funded by this grant) in our research, in activities
from planting to harvesting, as well as lab and computational activities.
Integrating diversity -- We have had long and positive involvement with talented members of underrepresented
groups. For example, an NSF-funded 'virtual center' (DBI 98-72649, DBI 01-15903) led by the UGA subaward PI has
trained 85 personnel, including 36 from under-represented groups and 37 women. The present proposal continues to
reflect this degree of participation. Georgia has one of the highest percentages of minority citizens among US
states (31%; www.census.gov). Income disparities are a sore point, and education is viewed as a key means to reduce
them. Since it began in 1993, the 'HOPE' scholarship program has paid $5.8 billion in tuition, fees, and textbook
costs for 1.34 million students with a B average in high school to enter the state university system, especially
increasing minority enrollment (who are 31% of the state's population but have less than 20% of the state's buying power).
Getting minorities into the university is only the first step to getting them into science. Equally crucial is regular
and substantive involvement with a faculty mentor and a dynamic research environment such as that created by this
project. The CAES Young Scholars Summer Internship Program has been a key mechanism for us to identify and engage
qualified minority candidates. A total of 16 interns have worked in the Paterson lab under these programs in the
past 11 years. We also expect to host additional trainees at no cost to this project. We work with our collaborators
at nearby 1895 institutions such as Fort Valley State University (S. Dhir) to identify especially talented students.
We welcome your comments and suggestions.