Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.
Historically Black Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, received a $87,565 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to enhance the biotechnology, cell biology, and genetics programs at the college. Funds will be used for laboratory equipment, to fund laboratory research positions for students, and to sponsor development workshops for faculty in STEM fields.
The grant program is under the director of Willietta Gibson, an assistant professor of biology at Bennett College. Dr. Gibson earned a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Winston-Salem State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received a $140,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. The money will be used for scholarships for students for the 2013-14 academic year.
The Forest Service Southern Research Station of the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a $240,000 grant to five universities for a program to develop black and other minority scientists. Four of the five universities participating in the grant program are HBCUS: Virginia State University, Alcorn State University, Dillard University, and Alabama A&M University. The other participating institution is Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where Blacks make up 39 percent of the undergraduate enrollments.