Funding Source: National Institutes of Health/University of Alaska
Years Active: 2015 – 2019
Evaluation Activities: Comprehensive Program Evaluation/Evaluation Plan Development
BLaST is designed to enhance undergraduate biomedical research training capacity for students from diverse backgrounds. This 5-year, $25M program seeks to increase research participation by Alaska Native and rural students by fully integrating academics, research, and social/cultural components of the undergraduate experience.
This program is the first to develop formal research and teaching partnerships between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, rural UA campuses, and Ilisagvik Tribal College. We have developed programmatic and evaluation conceptual frameworks that integrate with the NIH-sponsored Diversity Program Consortium. EvaluLogic aided proposal development, designed the evaluation plan, and is conducting a comprehensive evaluation.