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Spring 2003 - Horizons 2

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Expanding horizons

By Kit Sydloski

Minority Access to Research Careers /Access Internally for Minorities (MARC/AIM) allows Purdue University students or students from other universities to spend eight summer weeks at Purdue to do undergraduate research for their majors.

The program has had 62 students receive doctorates, 50 students attain professional doctorates and 130 students earn master's degrees. Currently, 130 of the program's former students are in graduate school.

"There are many minorities eligible for graduate school, but they are not entering graduate programs," said program director Ron Coolbaugh. "We think that program can help bring more minorities into graduate work and help improve the overall diversity of the work force."

Each student resesarches a scientific project with a Purdue professor and presents that information at the end of the eight weeks.