St. Aug's receives $800,000 in grants for STEM students

Posted July 7, 2014

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— Saint Augustine's University received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $800,000 to support scholarships and research opportunities for students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the university announced Monday.

A $600,000 four-year grant from the NSF's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program will fund a program involving 30 full-time students majoring in biology, chemistry, forensic science, engineering mathematics, mathematics or computer science. The goal is to keep these students in school, reduce the time it takes for them to graduate and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, the university said.

Participating students will be involved in a science seminar series and receive tutoring sessions, summer internship opportunities, in-service learning activities, field trips, faculty-student collaborative research, alumni mentoring, comprehensive career counseling and the opportunity to attend conferences.

“This project aims to attract, support and retain highly talented students at Saint Augustine’s University in interrelated majors with an emphasis in STEM,” said Mark Melton, the university’s dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. “This project will advance the mission of the university through degree programs that increase student interest resulting in greater participation of African-American students in sciences.”

Saint Augustine's also received a $200,000 two-year grant from the NSF's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program Research Initiation to expose students to "cutting-edge" bench research beyond summer internships, better prepare students for graduate studies and also increase the number of minorities in STEM fields.


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  • Clayton Mack Jul 8, 2014
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    Well I don't want my money going to Duke, UNC, A&T, and RTI, but they received federal grants totaling over 102 million dollars last fall. That 800K doesn't seem so much now. Too bad we don't have much of a choice in how those dollars are spent.

  • umop apisdn Jul 8, 2014

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    Do you really not know? (Serious querstion)

  • umop apisdn Jul 8, 2014

    Hate to quote Wikipedia but there it is.

  • dirtydozen431 Jul 8, 2014

    One of the administrators will steal most of it.

  • Sean Creasy Jul 8, 2014
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    Why is this grant based on race instead of academic achievement? This is just another goverment subsidized handout to make politicians feel better about themselves, while the ones who really need it are going without!! If they truely wanted to promote the minority inequality in the STEM field they should spread the money out among all college students based on their GPA instead of just giving it to one particular college who, by the way, just recently had an investgation for some shady accounting practices...

  • iopsyc Jul 8, 2014

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    I am not familiar with Saint Augustine’s, but some institutions prefer to accept most applicants and allow the first year or two of coursework to weed them out. Philosophically speaking, that allows them to give almost everyone a chance, but it hurts their graduation rate. Obviously, some schools go the other route, and deny a large percentage of their applicants; which ultimately will show positively in their graduate rates.

  • Tim Blanchard Jul 8, 2014
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    So, if I wanted St Augs to have my money, I would have donated it to them. Instead, the govt steal my money via taxes, gives it to NSF, which then gives it to St Augs. I don't want my money going to St Augs.

  • Confucius say Jul 8, 2014

    Searches show St. Aug has a graduation rate around 30%. Why so low?

  • Greg Boop Jul 7, 2014
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    This is great news for St. Aug's.

  • Obamacare for America Jul 7, 2014

    Why? Shut this place down already.