FSU Receives Grant to Strengthen Minority Participation in Science and Technology
Fayetteville State University (FSU) was among 32 colleges and universities awarded $6.3 million in grants to help underrepresented students earn doctoral degrees, strengthen science and engineering education, and better prepare students for careers in science and technology. The announcement was made Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The grants were made under the Department’s Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program ($3.5 million) and the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP, $2.8 million). Each program made 16 awards. FSU will receive $220,000.
“These grants support higher level math and science instruction and prepare minority students for careers where their skills will be in high demand,” Duncan said.
The McNair program prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with them as they complete their undergraduate requirements, encourage them to enroll in graduate programs, and then track their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees. These four-year grants will service 400 students in a range of projects that may include academic counseling, financial aid, mentoring, tutoring, research opportunities, summer internships, and seminars. More information on the McNair program is available online.
The MSEIP supports the administration’s efforts to increase America’s technological and economic competitiveness by improving and expanding its scientific and technological capacity. Three-year grants are awarded to help enhance science and engineering education at predominately minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, especially women, into scientific and technological careers. MSEIP supports K-12 programs, tutoring for K-12 and college students, faculty and curriculum development, renovation of labs and classrooms, stipends for program participants, and a wide range of activities designed to increase minority graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
More information on MSEIP is available online.