Case Western Reserve Aims to Increase Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

The Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellows (AUMF) has a new academic home at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The program’s goal is to increase the number of minority students pursuing Ph.D.s in STEM disciplines. The AUMF is a networking organization whose members received scholarships from the United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative.

Emmitt R. Jolly Jr., an assistant professor of biology at Case Western Reserve is a co-founder of AUMF and its current president. He states that “the missions of both CWRU and AUMF are a natural fit and our partnership shows a commitment of CWRU to be a national leader in issues related to science and to diversity.” Dr. Jolly is a graduate of Tuskegee University. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California at San Francisco.

The university, with its partnership in AUMF, is planning a major biomedical conference for the spring of 2014.

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