JPMorgan Chase Foundation grant supports Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences

December 20, 2013

From left: Rusty Reeves, Harlan Jones, Mike Wilson, Tammie Marceleño, Michael Williams, Bart Bonney, Randy McGuffee, Doug White, Todd Ritterbusch, Brian Page.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded the UNT Health Science Center $50,000 to support a program that offers high school students a curriculum focused on biomedical science and health professions.

The grant, presented at a ceremony Dec. 17, will secure a summer bridge program for incoming ninth graders enrolled in the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, also known as TABS. The grant also will fund the launch of a preceptorship program – the opportunity to gain practical experience by shadowing a faculty member -for 30 to 50 high school juniors.

"We are thrilled that this grant will fortify UNTHSC’s commitment to inspire and prepare our TABS students for career paths in the biomedical sciences and health professions," said Harlan P. Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology and Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Minority Affairs.

TABS is a collaboration between UNTHSC, the Fort Worth Independent School District, the University of North Texas and Tarrant County College. The program provides a pathway to success – putting students on the road to achieving their dreams of one day becoming a biomedical researcher, doctor, veterinarian, forensic scientist, clinical researcher and more.

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