Notable Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants won by historically black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, received a five-year, $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “Neutron Scattering for the Science and Engineering of the 21st Century.” The study will focus on the study of condensed matter science.

Marionette Holmes, an assistant professor of economics at historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta, received a two-year, $75,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a public health study of the economic impact of providing supportive housing for formerly incarcerated homeless individuals in New York City.

Dr. Holmes is a graduate of Spelman College. She holds a master’s degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

The University of South Florida received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a research study on developing a highly trained workforce in engineering technology.

The program is under the direction of Will Tyson, an assistant professor of sociology at USF. Dr. Tyson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.


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