The purpose of the funded Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) program is to enhance Tougaloo College’s biomedical research infrastructure and to provide expanded opportunities for minorities students and faculty in biomedical research. The RIMI grant is a research capacity-building grant and has provided the essential catalyst to transform Tougaloo College into a competitive research institution. The overall objectives of the TC-RIMI program are:

  1. to improve biomedical research capacity and productivity at Tougaloo College
  2. to establish a Biomedical Facility
  3. to renovate physical space to provide a more conducive research/learning environment for students
  4. to provide proposal development and grant management training to faculty and students
  5. to train students in the field of research and provide mentoring to ensure success on individual research projects
  6. to strengthen faculty research endeavors by promoting and expanding biomedical collaborations of Tougaloo College faculty with research faculty at major research intensive universities

Tougaloo College received the RIMI program in 2008. The first year included $150,000 for renovation of existing areas to be used as research labs. We were able to renovate 2,000 sq ft within Kincheloe Hall (science hall) and add 420 sq. ft. by renovating two storage building not attached to Kincheloe Hall.

Contact Information

For more information, feel free to call, email, or write the RIMI Program:

Mailing Address:

Tougaloo College
ATTN: Dr. Jinghe Mao
RIMI Program
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174
 601-977-7898 (fax)

Campus Location:

Kincheloe Hall, 1st Floor - Room K-110


Jinghe MaoJinghe Mao, Ph.D.
RIMI Program Director
Associate Professor of Biology
Bettye Sue Hennington
Bettye Sue Hennington, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Pradip Biswas Pradip Biswas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Santanu Banerjee Santanu Banerjee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

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