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Eastman Dental Center Awarded ADEA Funds

Grant to increase the Number of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in academic dentistry

Monday, May 03, 2004

The American Dental Education Association has awarded seven grants in the amount of $250,000 over six years to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in academic dentistry.

Ten U.S. dental schools will receive grants through the ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development Program, which is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Seven awards were made to six individual dental schools and to the New York State Academic Dental Centers, a consortium that includes the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center.

Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, director of EDC and professor and chair of the Medical Center’s Department of Dentistry, credited Dr. Stanley Handelman, Eastman professor emeritus, in helping to secure the award.  Dr. Meyerowitz said, “Stan has been a driving force in our minority recruitment initiative as part of a HRSA grant in the mid-eighties.  He was instrumental in helping build our relationship with Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, in Tennessee. We are proud to have a number of successful alumni who attended the Eastman postdoctoral programs because of his efforts.”

Dr. Meyerowitz said, “Four Meharry dental students visited EDC last fall and two seniors applied and have been accepted into our Pediatric Dentistry Program.  He added, “The ADEA grant award will help us provide other Meharry students with the opportunity to visit Rochester and EDC to consider our programs.”The award will be used primarily for direct educational assistance to increase the number of URM students recruited to and entering dental academic careers, and to establish academic partnerships that facilitate advanced training and career development. Funds may be used for direct educational costs for low-income candidates as described in the HRSA/Title VII of the Public Health Service Act definition for "disadvantaged."

The grantee institutions will create formal mentoring programs, academic partnerships, and community-based practices and projects to attract, nurture and support the development of URM/LI academicians and researchers.

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