- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University has received a five-year grant totaling nearly $1.5 million to enhance teaching and advising at VCU and John Tyler Community College and Thomas Nelson Community College.

The ultimate goal of the grant from the National Institutes of Health is to increase the number of students from so-called underrepresented groups in careers in biomedical and behavioral research.

The idea behind the funding is to improve transfer and graduation rates among students from racial and ethnic minorities, the inner city and rural areas, and those who come from lower income backgrounds.

Talented students will be identified and selected for participation in a summer research program.

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