Diversity Efforts for the Life Science Work Force

Posted on May 10, 2007  Comments (0)

Focus on Diversity: INCUBATING INNOVATION – Diversity Efforts Rejuvenate the Life Science Work Force by Alethea Hannemann:

Support for undergraduate and graduate programs that encourage African-American scientists also comes from industry leaders. Merck, in a partnership with the United Negro College Fund, awards at least 37 scholarships a year to African-American researchers at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels; to date, the program has trained more than 370 scientists.

In the end, building a robust, diverse science work force will take vigorous effort from many camps. The good news is that a host of programs in government, academia, and industry are dedicated to increasing the numbers of African-Americans in science. With continued efforts, education and recruiting programs should soon bear fruit, bringing new power to the life sciences.

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