Natural Sciences and Mathematics | Biology and Biochemistry | BRIC

About the BRIC Award

BRIC at Chaminade.

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What is Bric@ Chaminade?

BRIC is a 4.1 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities. The BRIC award will help Chaminade University to achieve the goal of becoming a leading destination for undergraduate science studies serving the Hawaii and Pacific, especially by improving our ability to serve students of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island backgrounds.

This award allows Chaminade to embrace research as a core activity in our Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division as well as support research activities that may have far-reaching implications for health in Pacific communities. It will allow us to better support students and faculty in cultivating and sustaining research activities and in learning the latest technologies and methodologies.

Supporting our Scientific Learning Community

Library studyThe award will help us realize our potential as a learning community dedicated to knowledge, scientific explorations and finding solutions in the biosciences. The amount of the award was 4.1 million over 5 years, awarded by the National Center for Minority Health and Disease of the National Institutes of Health for Building Research Infrastructure and capacity (BRIC). The award funds:

  • New building and capacity efforts to support and expand research and new technologies
  • Faculty research
  • Student research
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Student academic enrichment/ academic support
  • Curriculum development

The funding will provide the foundation for curriculum and research at Chaminade aligned around the central theme of addressing disease and health disparities that disproportionately affect minority populations in Hawaii and the Pacific.

“This is a transformative award for the life sciences at Chaminade,” Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Helen Turner says. “The grant recognizes Chaminade’s tremendous investment in research and instructional facilities for biomedical sciences. To be recognized with such a highly competitive award is a validation of our commitment to build curriculum and research capability that will train the next generation of researchers and health practitioners to combat diseases that effect our communities in the pacific and nationwide.”