Elizabeth City State University's Department of Chemistry, Geology, & Physics, in the School of Mathematics Science and Technology received a grant from the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) / National Institute for general Medical Sciences (NIGMS) / National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the Elizabeth City State University Support Program for Academic and Research Enhancement (E-SPARE).  

The purpose of the E-SPARE Program is to motivate Elizabeth City State University students to seek advanced degrees and careers in science.

The E-SPARE Program of Elizabeth City State University is designed to help undergraduates develop competence within their science discipline; develop resiliency to challenges in the laboratory, in and outside the classroom; and to develop related leadership skills. The E-SPARE Program will increase the pool of minority students eminently qualified and available to enter PhD programs in the biomedical sciences through a well thought-out program of enhancing the (a) interest engagement, (b) academic and research skills, and (c) competitiveness of participants in pursuit of biomedical research careers. The grant will fund the program between 2009 and 2013 and support up to 56 participants in that time frame.  In the first year, there will be 8 participants and 16 participants in subsequent years.