Principal Investigator(s): Boekeloo, Bradley O.
Sponsor: NIH - NIGMS (National Institute of General Medical Sciences)

This project looks to address the significant underrepresentation of biomedical and behavioral researchers (BBR) from minority and underserved communities, a disparity that limits innovation and the application of research to address the needs of underserved communities.

Youth from such communities often lack BBR role models and advocates a d may not envision a BBR career, pursue BBR -learning opportunities, or develop the attitudes and skills needed to successfully pursue such a career.

In an underserved community, this project aims to:
examine the characteristics of high achieving high school students that pursue BBR and assess whether the Climbing Up and Reaching Back (CURB) mentoring model facilitates motivation for BBR, as well as the pursuit of a BBR college education.