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Education & Outreach

Louzada, Eliezer [1], Persans, Michael W [2], del Rio, Sonia [3].

Hands-on undergraduate internship, bridges to channel Hispanic students to science.

Hispanics accounted for half of the countryís population growth in the two years after the 2000 Census, accelerating this demographic milestone once predicted for 2014, and being now officially the nationís largest minority group. Hispanics are behind the African-Americans and Whites in basically all educational levels. Hispanics account for only 4 % of workers in information technology and 3.5% of total number of scientists employed in all science areas. The future of science is in jeopardy if we cannot attract more Hispanic to science careers.
In 2000 we started a hands-on undergraduate research internship program with the objective of channel Hispanic undergraduate students to science career. So far, 51 students participated in the internship and from the ones who concluded their BS degree, 20 were channeled to graduate school, including four already at the PhD level. Details about the program; lessons learned, impact on student's life, and key factors for the success of the program will be presented.

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1 - Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Citrus Center, 312 N. International Blvd, Weslaco, TX, 78596, USA
2 - The University of Texas Pan-American, Department of Biology
3 - Texas A&M- Kingsville, Citrus Center

Undergraduate research
hands-on internship
Hispanic education.

Presentation Type: Plant Biology Abstract
Session: P
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: P46015
Abstract ID:1674

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