For Immediate Release         December 11, 2009  


STEP-UP High School Program at Charles Drew University

The STEP-UP High School Program at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is seeking applications from high school students for an eight-week summer of science program in 2010.

The Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) was designed to provide short-term research education and training for high school students from disadvantaged and racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research.

The purpose is to expose students to research in areas like diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney and hematologic diseases.

STEP-UP is part of a strategic plan by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) on minority health disparities. The goals of the strategic plan are to reduce and eliminate health disparities, expand research education and training opportunities for underrepresented minority scientists.

To be eligible for the STEP-UP program, students must have completed the 11th grade and be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or legal permanent residents.

Participants are given a $2,300 allowance. Travel and accommodations are provided to the Annual High School Scientific Session and Research Presentations in August in Bethesda, Md. The program begins June 14, 2010 and ends August 3, 2010.

Charles Drew University began accepting applications on November 15th. Applications must be completed and received by February 15, 2010.

For more information, please contact Emma Taylor, program coordinator, at STEP-UP High School Program, Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine, 11705 Deputy Yamamoto Place, Suite B, Lynwood CA 90262. Phone (323) 249-5704.

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