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Recruitment & Training for Under-Represented Populations Program

Student working with her Mentor.

The Recruitment and Training Program (RTURP) for Under-Represented Populations supports a series of special initiatives designed to have a broad, yet integrated influence on reducing the burden of drug abuse among minorities and other traditionally under-represented populations. The program is designed to address the special needs of ethnic and other under-served segments of the population, and align with NIH’s strategic plan to improve diversity and increase the number of minorities conducting research.

RTURP is an eight-week program. Students work four hours a day. To participate in RTURP, students must be:

  • from an under-represented group;
  • currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited high school, college, graduate or medical school (in good academic standing and seeking a degree or diploma);
  • at least 16 years old;
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to apply, visit or, or contact Christie Brannock at


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