BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU professor Graca Vicente has been awarded a grant worth more than $2 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue research on a project titled the "Initiative for Maximizing Student Development," or IMSD.

Vicente, a professor of chemistry and chemotherapy/materials in LSU's Department of Chemistry, serves as the director of IMSD.

The Advocate reports the program provides research training, academic development and career opportunities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to underrepresented minority graduate and undergraduate students at LSU.

LSU is one of only a few universities in the country to establish an IMSD program. The recent grant represents the third round of funding since 2004 the NIH has awarded for the study.