What is MSD?

At Northern Arizona University (NAU), our goals are to increase the academic performance, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented minority students,  who are or could become interested in careers in biomedical professions. To achieve these goals, we have implemented a Minority Student Development (MSD) Program.  MSD is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). As a result of this program, we hope to increase rates of acceptance into and completion of post-graduate degree programs in biomedical sciences at NAU as well as at other institutions across the nation. To achieve our goals, the specific aims of the MSD Program are:
  • To provide opportunities for minority students to become actively involved in ongoing biomedical research projects with selected NAU faculty. Students will be encouraged to give presentations on their research at national meetings of scientific societies and to publish the results of their research in peer reviewed scientific journals with faculty as co-authors.
  • To implement academic enrichment programs for minority students that will strengthen their background in the sciences and will develop their skills and understanding, thereby increasing not only their grade point averages but also their interest in the biomedical sciences.
  • To create an academic support system for minority students that will foster a sense of belonging, rather than isolation, in the sciences. This support system will include a central meeting place where students can meet with academic advisors and peer-tutors. Through this system, academic advisors will not only provide academic advisement and personal counseling, but also (1) develop cohorts of MSD that will track through their courses as a group, and (2) involve the parents of MSD students in academic and social events on campus.
  • To provide professional development for faculty who teach gatekeeper courses in biomedical sciences. Faculty will reform these courses by using new models of teaching that facilitate increased learning by underrepresented students. Ultimately, the faculty is the catalysts for the persistence of the MSD Program at NAU.

Download an Application for Participation in the MSD!

For information call:  

Celeste Biles Administrative Assistant 928-523-8102

Fall 2004 OFFICE HOURS - Chemistry Building 20, Room 231

MWF 12:30 pm – 5 pm
TTH 8 am – 5 pm

 Chris Maxka  Advisor 928-523-7204
 Kiisa Nishikawa  Director 928-523-9497
 Lon Owen  Advisor 928-523-7228

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