Melvin Grimes

Melvin Grimes

Melvin Grimes

Power Words

Motivation, creativity, passion, and purpose are some of my personal power words. Be motivated to create a purpose built around your passion.

Where were you born? 

Bastrop, LA

What school did you attend? 

The University of Louisiana at Monroe

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

My interest in the NIH emerged as a result of personal experiences that have fueled my desire to help others, explore science, and make a difference. I believed that the NIH would allow me to reach those goals, as well as, inspire others to do the same.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I’m a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) post baccalaureate fellow in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences in the Healthcare Delivery Research Program at the National Cancer Institute. I’m involved in working on projects related to health services, surveillance of health, cancer survivorship, and the economic burden of cancer.

What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college? 

Education is something that no one can take from you. It doesn’t matter where you’re from; education is an essential part of success. A college education can provide you with the opportunity to discover what you’re passionate about and give you the tools to turn your dreams into reality. It’s not always an easy journey, but it is most definitely worth it.