Why is this program important?

The Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program sponsored by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences was established in 1975 to help develop the talent and to increase the number Ph.D. degrees awarded among certain ethnic groups that have long been underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Groups that are presently underrepresented in the biomedical sciences include African-Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. By contrast, the demand throughout the nation for Ph.D.’s in the biomedical sciences from among these underrepresented ethnic groups is unprecedented.