This year, five graduating seniors from Atlanta's Morehouse College, one of the top historically black institutions in the United States, plan on attending graduate school in science. "That's up from zero last year, so this represents a giant step forward," says J.K. Haynes, chairman of the biology department at Morehouse. "If one college can place five minority students in graduate science programs every year, that's making a major contribution. And we see this trend continuing."

Haynes believes this change has been spurred, at least in part, by the enriched science curriculum Morehouse has been able to offer its undergraduates since 1988, when it was awarded a five-year grant of $400,000 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Bethesda, Md. The college used the money to add two new science faculty members, one of whom also counsels students interested in pursuing science careers, and to establish genetics and biochemistry laboratories....

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!
Already a member?