The Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics at Elizabeth City State University received a grant from the Minority Biomedical Research Support Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)/National Institute for General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the Elizabeth City State University Support Program for Academic and Research Enhancement (E-SPARE). The goal of the grant is increase the competitiveness of minority students for entry into Ph.D. programs in biomedical/behavioral sciences. Likewise, graduates of Ph.D. programs will use their expertise and credentials to make critical contributions and decisions on improving the quality of health care delivery to the disadvantaged minorities in the United States. The grant will fund the program from 2009 to 2013 and will support up to 56 participants. Eight students will participate in the first year, and 16 students will participate in subsequent years.