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Underrepresented Students Designation Guidelines

Students in these three categories are considered underrepresented in science, for reporting purposes:

A: Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria: 1Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (first-generation college); Grew up in a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health), or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas (qualifying zipcodes at link);Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell Grants; Were or currently are in the foster care system; Were or currently are homeless (which includes sharing the housing of another person/family due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason; living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternate accommodations, and living in emergency or transitional shelters); Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years while in grades K-12; Received support from the WIC Program as a parent or child.