Brown U. Program Helps Minority Science Ph.D.'s to Thrive

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Courtesy of Deborah McCall

Andrew G. Campbell, an associate professor of medical science at Brown U.: "You've got to cultivate talent once they're in. You can recruit almost anyone, but you want to retain them and help them succeed."

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Courtesy of Deborah McCall

Andrew G. Campbell, an associate professor of medical science at Brown U.: "You've got to cultivate talent once they're in. You can recruit almost anyone, but you want to retain them and help them succeed."

Brown University has significantly increased the proportion of black and Hispanic students in its life-sciences Ph.D. programs in recent years, and helped those students improve their academic performance, through a program that identifies gaps in undergraduate preparation and provides intensive training to help students master key skills.

When Brown started the program, in 2006-7, fewer than one in 20 Ph.D. students in biology and medicine were black or Hispanic. By the 2010-11