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.
Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a program that aims to increase the number of minority Ph.D. students in the field of biomedical research.
Historically Black Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, received a three-year $342,899 grant for a program for a research project to determine the cause of the low participation rate of African American women in STEM fields.
The grant project is under the direction of LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis an assistant professor of education and Lawanda Cummings, an assistant professor of psychology at the college.
Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, received a $500,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a program to enhance educational research opportunities for first- and second-year undergraduate students in STEM fields.
Historically Black Alabama A&M University received a $290,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to implement renewable energy courses into the engineering curriculum. The grant will be used to establish new courses on solar, wind, and other renewable energies and to provide research opportunities for students in these fields.
Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to encourage students majoring in STEM disciplines to become K-12 teachers. The grant will support the university’s “Project Tiger Teach” program which encourages biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors to pursue teacher certification. The program is under the direction of Elaine Martin, an associate professor of biology.