Chicano, Native American Authorities Visit NIH
The board of directors of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) visited NIH July 10-11 to explore its vast academic and research facilities and the diverse opportunities it offers for internships and careers in microbiology. The board's clients include graduate and undergraduate students majoring in biomedical and life sciences, mathematics and chemistry. According to Dr. John F. Alderete, president of SACNAS and faculty member of the Health Science Center of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the visit is a first for his organization and said the potential is "awesome" for future projects between SACNAS and NIH.
A meeting between the SACNAS board and NIH's deputy director, Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, and NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman, was a chance for discussion of ways to improve the intramural program, particularly in following up and training minority students for careers in NIH and keeping them here as research scientists. The SACNAS group offered many suggestions, including training grants for minority students, increased funding for minority scientists, a distinguished minority lectureship and sabbaticals for minority scientists.
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