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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; An Evaluation of the National Cancer Institute Science Enrichment Program

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: An Evaluation of the NCI Science Enrichment Program (SEP): Follow-up Survey. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision (OMB No. 0925-0510, Expiration 2/28/2003). Need and Use of Information Collection: This follow-up survey is part of an evaluation designed to assess the effectiveness of the NCI SEP in meeting its goals of: (1) Encouraging under-represented minority and under-served students Start Printed Page 72423who have just completed ninth grade to select careers in science, mathematics, and/or research, and (2) broadening and enriching students' science, research, and sociocultural backgrounds. The program was a 5- to 6-week residential program taking place on two university campuses—University of Kentucky, Lexington, and San Diego State University—in summers 1998-2002. The 5-year evaluation was designed as a controlled, longitudinal study, consisting of the five SEP cohorts and two cohorts of control group students who did not attend the program. The evaluation will provide NCI with valuable information regarding specific components that promoted or limited the program's effectiveness, the extent to which the program was implemented as planned, how much the two regional programs varied, and how the program can be improved or made more effective. NCI will use this information to make decisions regarding continuation and expansion of the program. Frequency of Response: One time. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Type of Respondents: High school and college students. Cost to Respondents: $9,600. The annual reporting burden is as follows:

Type of respondentsAverage number of respondents/Yr.Frequency of responseAverage time per responseAverage annual hour burden
Estimates of Hour Burden: Burden not Previously Approved (1998-2002)
SEP Participants20010.5100
Control Group Students20010.5100
Control Group Students1001 21.00100
Estimates of Hour Burden: Burden Requested
SEP Participants5002 10.5250
Control Group Students3002 10.5150]
1 Pre and post.
2 Follow up.

There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance Costs to report.

Requests for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Mr. Frank Jackson, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 602, Rockville, MD 20852, or call non-toll-free number (301) 496-8589, or E-mail your request, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of this publication.

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Dated: November 25, 2002.

Reesa Nichols,

NCI Project Clearance Liaison.

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[FR Doc. 02-30862 Filed 12-4-02; 8:45 am]