Phase II: Xavier University of Louisiana – Project Pathways

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Project Pathways was designed to address barriers that impede URM undergraduates from pursuing biomedical research careers, such as a lack of supportive relationships and suitable educational infrastructure. The program initiatives include, but are not limited to, research shadowing and career panels to introduce students to biomedical research; hands-on mentored research both on- and off-campus; opportunities to attend and present at scientific meetings; and near-peer mentoring by graduate students at local partner institutions. These initiatives, as well as academic support services and advising to boost student academic performance, are designed to provide students with the support and skills they need to succeed.

Project Pathways also includes post-baccalaureate research and enrichment experiences for recent graduates, career advising, pilot project research funding, and curriculum development funding. In Project Pathways II, activities that will be institutionalized are emphasized, such as mentor and mentee training, and development of a robust network with 19 research-intensive partner institutions. In addition, dissemination of Project Pathways findings to other institutions of higher education is a priority under Project Pathways II.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.
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