KINGSTON — Two scientists at the University of Rhode Island have been awarded a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to encourage historically under-represented students to gain research experience in the biomedical sciences.

The grant to assistant professors Bryan Dewsbury and Niall Howlett will provide four students each year with a $10,000 scholarship and a $13,000 stipend, plus additional funds for research materials and travel to conferences.

In return, the students will work in a biomedical, behavioral or health sciences research laboratory of their choice for 10 to 15 hours per week conducting research.

In addition to the funding for tuition, stipend and research expenses, the grant will also pay for the students to have a summer research experience at another university.

As part of the grant program, Dewsbury has established a mentorship program at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence whereby each of the university scholarship recipients will serve as a mentor to high school students interested in science research. The university students will host the Paul Cuffee students at the Kingston campus twice each year, advise them on their college applications, and serve as a role model.

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