Leaders at the National Institutes of Health and other government grant-making agencies must find ways to fund new investigators if young people are to remain interested in science careers and cutting-edge research, contends Kara Calhoun (Martel '11), an undergraduate intern for the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program working under the supervision of Kirstin R.W. Matthews.

Otherwise, she writes in a recent Baker Institute Blog post, the scientific community will suffer greatly without a steady flow of young minds willing to take a chance.

Calhoun, who plans on becoming a doctor, is dismayed by research that shows most grant funding goes to older scientists.