St. Aug's receives $800,000 in grants for STEM students
Posted July 7, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.