Marquette University received a five-year, $1,480,000 federal grant to support a nurse-midwife practice and develop a breastfeeding support program at the university’s Neighborhood Health Center, which serves primarily African-American patients. The grant will allow the center to hire three certified midwives and a support staff. It is expected that about 1,200 births will take place at the center over the next five years.
Martin University in Indianapolis received a five-year, $1,250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions Program. The grant will be used to recruit and retain low-income students. Blacks make up 94 percent of the undergraduate students at Martin University.
Grambling State University, the historically black educational institution in Louisiana, received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the university’s Transition to Teaching Program. The program recruits mid-career professionals and college graduates from fields outside of education to become teachers.
Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a three-year, $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for programs to increase diversity in the health care professions. The grant will support programs to attract minority students beginning in kindergarten to the healthcare field.
Historically black Hampton University in Virginia received a $1 million grant from Prudential Financial to enhance its technology and communications facilities.
Tuskegee University, the historically black educational institution in Alabama, received a five-year, $9.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to fund a science education partnership with local school districts. The grant is the largest in the university’s history.
The university received an additional $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a research center in nanobiomaterials. The center’s research will focus on creating composite materials from waste products.
Jackson State University in Mississippi received a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project using nanoscience to address water contamination problems.
The research is under the direction of Ashton Hamme, a professor of chemistry at the university.
The University of Michigan School of Public Health received a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund its recruitment and internship program for minority students. The money will fund an eight-week summer enrichment program in public health on the university campus for 50 minority students.