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.
North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a series of grants totaling $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds will be used to upgrade food science facilities and equipment. Other funds will be earmarked for research, teaching, and extension services.
Clemson University in South Carolina has received a $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, to fund a Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program project with historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi. The universities will cooperate to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of Black men who teach in K-8 grade classrooms in Mississippi. The funds will be used to offset tuition, books, and professional development for Black male students in the program, and to conduct a summer leadership institute.
Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in the nation’s capital, received a $200,000 grant from the Department of Energy to conduct research on global warming. The grant will fund a project that seeks to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into electricity. The grant program is under the director of Jason S. Matthews, professor of chemistry at Howard University.
Historically Black Alabama State University in Montgomery received a grant through the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program to train high school students in cancer research efforts. High school students will spend time during the summer on the Alabama State campus helping with research on prostate cancer.
Florida State University and historically Black Florida A&M University will share a $3 million grant from the state of Florida for a program to fund the recruitment and retention of graduate students in computer science and information technology.