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Determining Program Efficacy

Determining Program Efficacy © PETER M. FISHER / CORBIS In 2004, NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) launched a research initiative to understand the efficacy of interventions intended to increase the number of minorities in bio

Clifton A. Poodry


Determining Program Efficacy



© PETER M. FISHER / CORBIS

In 2004, NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) launched a research initiative to understand the efficacy of interventions intended to increase the number of minorities in biomedical research careers. The goal is to develop an empirical base of evidence for use in developing new interventions and improving existing efforts.

The nine projects funded in 2004 and 2005 investigate a range of assumptions and interventions. Some of the projects examine data from multiple programs, not just those funded by NIGMS. One project studies the impact of a research experience on a student's overall performance. Although we may assume that such experiences are beneficial, could there be cases in which students are not ready for the demands of this extracurricular activity and are negatively affected? Another project probes the benefit of "multitiered" mentoring, in which program participants receive guidance from individuals...

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