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TWU Professor Honored As Role Model

8/15/03


DENTON — Dr. Lynda Uphouse, professor of biology at Texas Woman’s University, will receive a Role Model Citation from Minority Access Inc. at its Fourth Annual National Role Models Conference, Sept. 13-15 in Washington, D.C. The citation is being awarded as part of the Maryland-based nonprofit’s Biomedical Research Role Model Initiative.

The initiative’s goals include increasing the pool of minority biomedical researchers and providing networking and learning opportunities for students, faculty and administrators in the biomedical field. The citation is given to professors who have contributed to increasing the pool of minority biomedical researchers by mentoring and supporting minority students, or who have played a significant role in the fight to eliminate health disparities by conducting research and elevating the issues as a research priority at his or her institution.

Dr. Uphouse has been director of TWU’s Multiethnic Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program since its creation in 1989. MBRS encourages both minority undergraduate and graduate students to participate in biomedical research.

Two years ago, Dr. Uphouse instituted an additional aspect to the program by offering 10 positions annually to incoming freshman with high scores on math and science placement tests. She personally mentors the freshman students, meeting with them twice weekly.

In its 14 years, 94 minority students have completed their degrees with assistance provided from the MBRS program. Approximately, 63 percent of MBRS undergraduate students have gone on to graduate studies. About 48 percent of the master’s students have continued their graduate education, with the remainder taking technical positions in biomedical research labs after receiving their master’s degree. Approximately 75 percent of the doctoral students in MBRS have gone on to positions in biomedical research.

Information about Minority Access Inc. can be found at www.minorityaccess.org.

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