LSU researcher receives $2 million grant

LSU professor Graca Vicente recently was awarded a grant worth more than $2 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue research on a project titled the “Initiative for Maximizing Student Development,” or IMSD.

Vicente, a distinguished professor of chemistry and chemotherapy/materials in LSU’s Department of Chemistry, serves as the director of IMSD.

The program provides research training, academic development and career opportunities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to underrepresented minority graduate and undergraduate students at LSU, a news release says.

LSU is one of only a few universities in the country to establish an IMSD program. The recent grant represents the third round of funding since 2004 the NIH has awarded for the study.

Phase I included a $546,000 award and was dedicated to research conducted between 2004 and 2008, the release says. Phase II, worth $970,000, was a renewal of the grant through 2013. Phase III provides funding through 2018.

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