MARSHALL UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CORPORATION
The purpose of this supplement request is to expose undergraduate minority students to research being conducted on cancer, including transcription factors, nutrition and cancer, as well as genomics and cancer. Selected students will be "piggy-backed" onto our successful INBRE undergraduate research program. Student will work in the laboratory of one of our COBRE funded investigators for 9 weeks. They will also participate in workshops on biosafety, chemical safety, human use of animals, scientific ethics and career opportunities in biomedical research. They will present a poster of their work at the INBRE symposium that culminates the summer research experience. Students from this program will be tracked via annual questionnaires to determine the desired program outcome of increasing minority participation in biomedical research careers. This supplement will also enhance the research of COBRE investigators since they will be able to have the students perform a few key experiments or repeat previous experiments in order to obtain reliable data for publication. We are requesting funds to support three minority students for the 2009 summer program and five minority students for the 2010 summer program. While in residence during the 9 week summer program, the students will purchase a number of items from local venders and this will stimulate our local economy. This supplement will also lead to the necessary growth required to build a strong biomedical research infrastructure through increased numbers of minority students participating in the biomedical research enterprise. Through their biomedical research discoveries, these future researchers will play a vital role in the long-term stimulation of our economy through improvements in health care and preventive medicine. Some of them will also work for or establish biotechnology companies, creating additional high technology jobs that will further stimulate the country's economic growth.