In DepthWORKFORCE DIVERSITY

To help the ‘disadvantaged,’ NIH refines its definition

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Science  20 Dec 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6472, pp. 1430
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6472.1430

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Living in near poverty can be a huge obstacle for someone who wants to become a biomedical researcher. So can a confusing definition of "economically disadvantaged" by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which wants to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce. Now, the agency has sharpened its definition. "We wanted to make it easy for students to self-identify while not being overly redundant," says Jon Lorsch, director of NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, the hub of NIH's diversity activities.

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