Professor Wins National Science Foundation Grant for $349,697
Dr. Lawrence Flowers, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Fayetteville State University (FSU), was awarded a $349,697 science education research grant for three years (2013-2016) from the National Science Foundation. The grant will be used to develop and study an innovative career development program for undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students at FSU titled, Advancing Interest and Motivation (AIM) for STEM Careers in collaboration with Clemson University and North Carolina A&T State University.
Program participants will be recruited from academic departments located in the FSU STEM triangle (Lyons Science Building, Lyons Science Annex, and Science and Technology Building). AIM for STEM Careers is designed to improve STEM undergraduate students’ career self-efficacy and employment outcomes. Components of the theory-based career development intervention are based on Dr. Flowers’ book titled, Science Careers: Personal Accounts from the Experts. AIM for STEM Careers could become a national model employed by other universities around the country to improve diversity at every level of the STEM pathway.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.