The University of South Dakota is one of only 24 universities nationwide chosen for a five-year, $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to bring more diverse people into the study of science. USD’s Inclusive Science Initiative is aimed at recruiting more minority and underrepresented groups to major in science fields. The program will identify the unique challenges these students face when pursuing a science degree and will seek to adapt instruction to better meet their needs.

Bringing more diverse students into science majors will ensure that more communities will be represented among the researchers and health practitioners in the region.

The Inclusive Science Initiative will focus on three areas:

  • Mentor faculty on how to educate students from a greater diversity of backgrounds.
  • Develop strategies that integrate a student’s cultural identity with a scientific identity.
  • Conduct research to determine the factors that impact a student’s motivation to choose and remain in a science major

The USD Inclusive Science Initiative is supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence initiative

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