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HHS SECRETARY ANNOUNCES THREE UNIVERSITIES TO RECEIVE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH CONTRACTS

 HHS SECRETARY ANNOUNCES THREE UNIVERSITIES TO RECEIVE
 NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH CONTRACTS
 WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- HHS Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., today announced the selection of three universities to receive contracts from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to create regional summer Science Enrichment Programs for high school students from underrepresented minority and medically underserved populations. The goal of the program is to provide "hands-on" experiences that will show students the career possibilities in biomedical science.
 The University of Southern California, the University of Kentucky and the University of Massachusetts each received two-year awards to fund 40 to 50 students from minority and medically underserved populations in summer programs for 1992 and 1993. The contracts contain a federal government option for an additional two years of funding.
 The programs will provide classroom and laboratory experiences in subjects such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, computer science and language arts. The summer enrichment programs also enhance the classroom experiences with special seminars, group research projects, visits to research centers and cultural field trips.
 "We need to develop additional opportunities similar to the Science Enrichment Program to stimulate the interest of our nation's youth in the sciences and to support them in their efforts to reach their potential in ways that will improve the health of our nation," said Sullivan. "By encouraging them to believe they can have careers in medicine and science, we are reinforcing the opportunities they have to become future leaders."
 The Science Enrichment Program is based on a two-year pilot program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute in 1990 and 1991. Approximately 250 nationally selected students lived in dormitories during the summer sessions at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Their varied ethnic backgrounds included Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian refugee, African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, American Samoan and Caucasian (largely from Appalachia). That program demonstrated that the students who participated in the summer Science Enrichment Program showed increased interest in taking science courses.
 The Science Enrichment Program is supported at the National Institutes of Health by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute on Aging, the Division of Research Grants, and the Office of Research on Women's Health. The National Cancer Institute will manage the contracts.
 The University of Southern California in Los Angeles will receive $576,272 for the two-year contract. The principal investigator is John Davis, Ph.D.
 The University of Massachusetts at Amherst will receive $957,340. The principal investigator is Donald F. St. Mary, Ph.D.
 The University of Kentucky Research Foundation will receive $690,662. The principal investigator is Donald Frazier, Ph.D.
 The National Cancer Institute is the federal government's principal agency for research on cancer causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation and for distributing information about cancer. It is one of 13 research institutes that are part of the National Institutes of Health and one of the eight Public Health Service agencies in HHS.
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