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LIU Brooklyn Students Selected for Prestigious National Institutes of Health Awards

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Alicia KimaadaThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected two students, Alicia Miggins and Kimaada Allette, both graduating this month from the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at LIU Brooklyn as recipients of awards. Allette is the recipient of the NIH’s Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) grant and Miggins has been selected to receive the NIH’s Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award, through the NIH Academy in the Office of Intramural Training and Education.

As part of her grant, Allette has been awarded $20,000 toward her tuition over a two-year period, which will go towards her Bachelor of Science degree in LIU Brooklyn’s Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Allette, a biochemistry major, who has earned an overall GPA of 3.6 and has been on the dean’s list almost every semester since she began her academic career at LIU, also generously gave time to tutor other HEOP students in math and science. The NIH UGSP competitive scholarship is awarded to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

In addition to the tuition funding, she will receive paid research training during the upcoming summer, followed by 10 weeks of paid summer research employment at NIH. She will be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH postdoctoral fellow, who will serve as mentors, and she’ll attend formal seminars and participate in a variety of related programs. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to enter into my field with so much support, and am looking forward to a fruitful career in biomedical research,” said Allette.

Miggins is a biology major with a minor in chemistry. The award she received provides recent college graduates, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school, with an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, M.D. The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues.

Miggins, who hopes to narrow down an area of specialization for graduate school during the course of the fellowship program, will be working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. “I am looking so forward to spending the forthcoming year doing social and behavioral research research and am very excited to have this opportunity,” said Miggins.

“We are very proud of both Kimaada and Alicia. They have been exemplary students during their time at LIU Brooklyn and are very deserving of this opportunity,” said Susan Halio, senior counselor and learning specialist at LIU Brooklyn.

Posted 05/13/2014

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