The Office for Diversity in Science Training (ODST) coordinates four University of Kansas / Haskell Indian Nations University minority student programs that are sponsored by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Institute of General Medical Sciences.
500 Nations Bridge Program
The 500 Nations Bridge Program provides opportunities for students from Haskell Indian Nations University that facilitate their transition from Haskell to other universities, and thereby increases the number of students who complete degrees in the biomedical sciences. The program provides research experiences within laboratories of KU faculty. Students who are accepted into the program must be seeking an undergraduate degree in the biomedical sciences and have an interest in pursuing a career in biomedical research.
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
The IMSD program provided support for undergraduate students at KU in the biomedically relevant fields. Major components of the program included student research experiences, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, and enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, and travel to scientific meetings. This program is being phased out during the 2020/2021 academic year and is replaced by the MARC program.
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
The MARC and pre-MARC programs provide support for undergraduate students from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, and who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research. Major components of the program include mentored student research experiences, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, and attendance at scientific meetings.
Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA)
The IRACDA grant provides three years of support to postdoctoral fellows in various health-related research fields, preparing fellows for research and teaching careers in academia. The goals of the program are to enhance research skills by providing mentored research experiences while developing teaching skills through assignments that promote the advancement of under represented minorities. The IRACDA fellows conduct research at KU and become involved with teaching students from Haskell Indian Nations University.
Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
KU PREP recruits talented students who have completed their baccalaureate degree from Haskell, KU, or elsewhere. These post-baccalaureate scholars complete a program of research, coursework and professional development that will prepare them to become highly competitive applicants to graduate school in biomedical disciplines.
Peer-Led Undergraduate Supplement (PLUS)
The PLUS program provides Peer-Led Undergraduate Supplement sessions, coupled with interactive exercises that reinforce lecture materials in a small group setting. These sessions are specifically designed to bridge gaps between teaching and learning. PLUS is open to all students enrolled in the course, and those who regularly attend this free academic support activity perform better than the class average. Please come to any discussion section that fits your schedule. The sessions are free!