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NIH grant makes 'STaRs' of eight Wayne State College Of Nursing students

June 26, 2013

Eight Wayne State University undergraduate nursing students are gaining unique insight about the research field thanks to a $40,000 grant awarded to the university's College of Nursing and School of Medicine from the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. The "Socio-behavior Training and Research (STaR) Program," led by Xiaoming Li, professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine, and Nancy Artinian, associate dean for research and director of the Office for Health Research in the College of Nursing, will provide participants with skills and experiences not offered at the undergraduate level. In doing so, Artinian says, the students will have a more successful transition to research work environments or graduate studies sooner rather than later. "Now is the time to get them excited about research and expose them to the many possibilities available in the field of nursing," she says. "We don't want them to get to a doctorate level and find out that it is too late for a research career."