Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate Students

Historically Black Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina has partnered with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to establish a pathway for obtaining graduate certificates and doctoral degrees in health sciences for students at the historically Black university.

Currently, Elizabeth City State University offers a master’s degree in biology with two tracks in biological sciences and biology education. The new memorandum of understanding between Elizabeth City State University and the University of Tennessee will encourage students from the historically Black institution to apply to certificate and doctoral programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Through the new agreement, the two schools hope their partnership will enhance the representation of underrepresented minority students in the health science field. Additionally, the partnership will lead to collaborative research and grant proposal opportunities between faculty at both universities.

“We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees,” said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology. “Further, we look forward to forging faculty research collaborations between the two institutions.”

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