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 Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a $399,989 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance undergraduate research opportunities for undergraduate students in chemistry.
Michigan State University received a $1.45 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for programs to increase the yield of the cowpea, a crop staple in sub-Saharan Africa. Typically, insects destroy half of the crop each year. The project will focus on small farms in five West African nations. It will provide a smartphone app to farmers that will help them to determine their pest problem, enabling them to take the proper steps to deal with the infestation.
Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue research on a project examining sleep disturbances among veterans.
Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase the number of teachers in middle schools and high schools in STEM fields. The program is under the direction of Keenya G. Mosley, an assistant professor in the university’s School of Teacher Education. Dr. Mosley is a graduate of Alabama State University in Montgomery. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia College in South Carolina and a doctorate from Jackson State University in Mississippi.
The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York to stage a series of lectures and documentary films highlighting the history of the civil rights movement. The events will take place on campus and at the Hattiesburg Public Library.
Historically Black Florida A&M University will team up with Florida State University in a $3 million grant program aimed at increasing the number of students preparing for careers in computers and information technology. The grant program was allocated by the State of Florida.