September 1, 2005
On 14 July, Mary McKenna, a professor at Howard University and chair of the AIBS Human Resources Committee, addressed scholars at the Gates Millennium Scholars Graduate School Institute (www.gmsp.org). The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is managed by the United Negro College Fund and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program offers financial assistance to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students, providing them with the opportunity to complete a college education. Students are encouraged to pursue a graduate degree program in a field in which their racial or ethnic groups are traditionally underrepresented. This year 100 scholars participated in five days of interactive workshops and activities designed to hone the knowledge and skills essential to the graduate school process.
McKenna presented information on AIBS's diversity programs and career options in biology. Many of the scholars are interested in the biological sciences, and AIBS will continue to foster connections with the program to encourage these promising students to pursue careers in biology.