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ABSTRACT

The

Biotechnology

(BTP)

and

Molecular

Biosciences

(MBTG)

NIH

pre
-
doctoral

training

grants

at

UW
-
Madison

together

support

65

graduate

students

from

a

variety

of

Ph
.
D
.

programs

spanning

25

different

departments
.

Because

neither

interdepartmental

training

program

directly

admits

students,

a

variety

of

mechanisms

are

used

to

encourage

minority

students

to

apply

and

matriculate

to

the

participating

Ph
.
D
.

programs
.

These

include
:

1
)

recruiting

visits

by

member

faculty

to

campuses

with

high

proportions

of

minority

students

and

to

minority

research

symposia,

2
)

personal

contact

between

member

faculty

and

students

accepted

for

admission

to

participating

programs,

and

3
)

active

involvement

of

minority

students

and

faculty

in

recruiting

of

minority

candidates
.

Our

efforts

are

enhanced

by

numerous

campus

initiatives
.

These

include

programs

that

engage

undergraduate

minority

students

in

summer

research

projects

with

faculty

trainers,

financial

support

for

trainer

visits

to

the

home

institutions

of

the

summer

students,

and

inter
-
institutional

linkages

with

predominantly

minority

universities
.

In

addition,

funds

provided

by

the

state

of

Wisconsin

and

the

UW
-
Madison

Graduate

School

allow

us

to

supplement

training

grant

support

with

1
-
2

year

Advanced

Opportunity

Fellowships

for

all

minority

students
.

Minority

graduate

student

retention

is

facilitated

by

a

combination

of

careful

progress

tracking

both

by

the

training

program

and

the

student’s

Ph
.
D
.

program,

volunteer

mentoring

by

senior

graduate

students,

and

weekly

interaction

between

program

faculty

and

trainees

at

a

mandatory

student

seminar

series
.

Sources of trainees for NIGMS
training grants at UW
-
Madison

Physical

Sciences

Biochemistry

Biomolecular

Chemistry

Cell & Mol

Biology

Microbiology

Genetics

>30 Ph. D.

Programs

Training

Grants (9)

Applicant Pool

MSTP

BTP

Genetics

MBTG

Fraction of underrepresented students among training grant
-
eligible applicants to the
four major Ph.D. programs that supply trainees to the BTP and MBTG (Biochemistry,
Biomolecular Chemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Microbiology)

Representative Training Grant Applicant Pool

Underrepresented students joining the Biotechnology
(BTP) and Molecular Biosciences (MBTG) Training
Grants

Minority

students

entering

program

Year

(~27 total students join the two programs each year)

Initiatives for enhancing minority
recruitment


On
-
campus high school and undergraduate
feeder programs (URS, REU, SRP
-
BIO).


Faculty visits to minority institutions and
research symposia.


Training grant recruiting activities
(Biotech. banquet, faculty contacts).


Advanced Opportunity Fellowships
sponsored by Graduate School/State.

Initiatives for enhancing minority
retention


Tutors (Campus/Ph. D. Program)


Partners for Success (Campus/Ph. D.
Program)


Progress tracking (Program/Training Grant)


Weekly trainee gatherings (Training Grant)