This Is How We "Role": Inspiring Future Researchers through Veterinary Medicine

This Is How We "Role" is a cooperative effort among Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Discovery Learning Research Center at Discovery Park, College of Liberal Arts, The Kingston Bay Group, Hanna Community Center, and elementary school teachers, to develop a nationwide afterschool program for providing interactive science and math experiences to elementary school students. The program will focus on students who are educationally disadvantaged due to socioeconomic status, race, or ethnicity, with the long-term goal of diversifying the veterinarian-scientist workforce.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade will learn about the breadth of careers in the veterinary profession and how veterinarians prevent and treat health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and asthma that impact both people and their animals. The program will be delivered in both English and Spanish languages.

The first two years of the program will focus on curriculum development and training of veterinary medical students, veterinary technology students, and veterinary professionals to deliver the program.

The intent is nationwide distribution through a grants program to all U.S. colleges/schools of veterinary medicine within the next 5 years. Grants will be available beginning in 2017.

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The project described is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH . . . Turning Discovery Into Health

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