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    FEBRUARY 17, 2005
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Undergrads win grants for research overseas


Provost Ira Schwartz (far right) congratulates (from left) undergraduates Lyntonia Clyne, Lillian Baker, Ludmilar Mesidor and Rasheed Khan at a Feb. 9 dinner honoring Temple’s six winners of Minority International Research Training program grants from the Fogarty International Center and the National Institutes of Health. (Not pictured are grant winners Juron Foreman and Christopher Lyons.)

The six grant recipients will conduct research for 10 to 12 weeks this summer. Baker and Clyne will travel to Ghana to investigate sickle-cell anemia at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. Foreman will conduct basic science research at Keio University’s School of Medicine in Kyoto, Japan. Khan and Lyons will participate in biology research projects at the University of Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in England. Mesidor will travel to Paris to investigate T-cells at Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière.

MIRT program grants are designed to expose outstanding minority students to research and career opportunities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, particularly in subjects related to minority health problems.

The Temple grant winners were competing with applicants from the University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney University and Lincoln University.

For more information about MIRT program grants, contact Peter Jones, Temple’s vice provost for undergraduate studies, at peter.jones@temple.edu.

- Hillel J. Hoffmann

Temple students help low-income workers get a break at tax season
Chelsea Vendegna of Estes Park, Colo., Katherine O’Marchoe of Chicago and Wanda Boykin of North Philadelphia at Temple’s tax center, where volunteers help low-income workers collect the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Temple students are volunteering in a program that should put more than $1 million into the wallets of North Philadelphia’s neediest families this tax season.

Through an initiative of the Career Advancement Network, an arm of the University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development, students are helping working families collect the federal Earned Income Tax Credit that they’re entitled to as low-wage earners.

With nearly two months remaining in tax season, Temple’s program has already secured $750,000 for city residents, matching last year’s intake.

“The thing to remember about this program is that it’s not just about helping needy families get the tax credit,” said Andre Roualet, manager of the Career Advancement Network. “They’re also avoiding being duped into the instant refund loans that are advertised during tax season.”

Roualet estimated that Temple volunteers will service 600 families this tax season. To qualify, a family’s income cannot exceed $30,666. The average family receives a credit of $1,700, federal studies show.

Temple’s center, at 1415 N. Broad St., is the largest of 20 city sites joined in helping low-income residents apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit. It is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information or to volunteer, call 215-787-1030.

- Ted Boscia