Since the inception of our program in 1984, more than 154 students have graduated, of whom 29 have earned the Ph.D. Our Ph.D.s have proceeded to postdoctoral positions at the NIH, MIT, Yale, and Harvard Universities. Our alumni have been appointed to tenure-track faculty positions and have been awarded competitive federal grants. The overall goal our program is to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities in biomedical and behavioral research careers. Our primary objectives are to stimulate interest in research in these fields among minority undergraduates, whet their appetite for research by providing them with a mentored research experience, and advocate and facilitate their entry into doctoral programs. For minority doctoral students, our objective is to support and facilitate their mentored dissertation research toward earning the Ph.D. and continuing to develop their expertise toward the goal of a successful career as a biomedical and/or behavioral research scientist.