Delaware State University’s graduate biological sciences program was awarded a five-year, $1.85 million research education Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, under the National Institutes of Health.

The grant — designed to support a graduate training program to increase diversity in biomedical science — was obtained by co-principal investigators Melissa Harrington, professor of biological sciences, and Hwan Kim, assistant professor of biological sciences.

RISE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the number of students underrepresented in the biomedical sciences that complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program provides grants to institutions with a commitment and history of developing students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences as defined by the National Science Foundation.