Three historically black universities — Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, North Carolina A&T State University, and the University of the District of Columbia — were among 14 educational institutions selected to participate in the Undergraduate Science Research Program sponsored by Merck Inc. and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The universities will receive three-year grants totaling $60,000 to support undergraduate research collaborations between the biology and chemistry departments at each university.