Xavier University

Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.


Xavier University has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The money is from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity.

It will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically black university.

Xavier says the award is part of a $240 million NIH investment involving more than 10 institutions. It’s aimed at developing new approaches to engage student researchers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Four New Orleans universities are included in the new Princeton Review guide to American colleges. Tulane, Loyola, Xavier and the University of New Orleans got high marks.

Xavier University in New Orleans, working with the New Orleans Public Library, has been awarded a grant to host "The Big Read."

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Xavier was one of 76 not-for-profits to be recommended to host a Big Read project. In a news release, the university said The Big Read in New Orleans will focus on the novel "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest Gaines. Activities will take place Feb. 23 and March 23.