UnitedHealth Foundation gives $2M for bioinformatics program at historically Black university

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A $2 million, three-year grant from the UnitedHealth Foundation is helping St. Louis-based Harris-Stowe University launch a bioinformatics program. 

The multidisciplinary program blends math and science to helm the discovery and use of new therapeutics. 

Through the grant, the new undergraduate program will develop a curriculum, host a bioinformatics boot camp for local high school students and provide 25 scholarships each year for the next three years. 

The partnership with the historically Black university is also an effort to increase diversity in the health sciences field. 

"In the past decade, Harris-Stowe State University has emerged as a leader in training students for high-tech careers," said LaTonia Collins Smith, EdD, interim president of Harris-Stowe University. "This new program will help us to build on that important work, as well as continue to fulfill our mission of serving historically underrepresented students. Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing field of study, and it is vital for all people to play a role in its advancement."

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