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Vaunted diversity program catches on

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Science  26 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6451, pp. 308-309
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6451.308

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Three decades after it began, the most successful program in the United States for preparing minority students for careers in academic research, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, is beginning to be replicated on a large scale. In September, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will announce a competition to fund as many as six research universities that want to embrace the model pioneered at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County (UMBC). Six years ago, its enviable record prompted HHMI to give two schools—Pennsylvania State University in State College and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill—a $7.7 million grant to work with UMBC to create a Meyerhoff-like program on their campus. Now, HHMI hopes to broaden that success by giving institutions up to $2.5 million apiece over 5 years in seed money. HHMI is not the only funder trying to spread the word about Meyerhoff. In April, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced a $6.9 million award to two University of California schools, Berkeley and San Diego, to work with UMBC to create their own versions.

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