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Appendix A Statement of Task T he study and identification of contributing factors and prac- tices that determine the effectiveness of interventions aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences is critical for program design and success. The National Academies will organize a public workshop that, among its goals, will include the following: 1. An examination of the current state of research related to interventions that influence the participation of underrepresented minorities in biomedical and behavioral sciences and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. This will include an assessment of factors relevant to studies in related disci- plines such as psychology, sociology, and economics. 2. The development of research questions that reflect contribu- tions of various factors influencing outcomes. This would include the relationship of these factors to interdisciplinary approaches for scholarly work in the study of interventions that impact the partici- pation of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical and behav- ioral sciences. 3. Technical assistance on implementing effective methodologies for studying interventions that impact the participation of underrep- resented minorities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. 4. The encouragement of an interdisciplinary community of scholars where outlets (e.g., journals, conferences, sponsored pro- 55
56 APPENDIX A grams) for scholarly work and discourse are identified relevant to this area of study. This public workshop will feature invited presentations and dis- cussions. An individually authored summary of the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur, who will not be a member of the ad hoc committee that will plan and conduct the event.