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.
Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston are sharing a five-year, $480,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the New Green Revolution for Africa and its impact on women farmers. The research will focus on the countries of Mozambique, Cote d”Ivoire, and Mali.
Historically Black Alabama State University in Montgomery received a $370,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a center for environmental excellence at the university to expands its environmental research. The funds will support research by the Ph.D. program in microbiology and the master’s degree program in biology. The research will be under the direction of B.K. Robertson, a professor and executive director of graduate studies in biology and microbiology.
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs in increase dental care for children from underrepresented minority groups.
Historically Black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for programs aiming to increase retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minority students.
Pennsylvania State University received a five-year, $1,769,793 grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minority students in engineering programs. The grant program will be focused on the Penn State campuses at University Park, Abington, Altoona, and Berks.
Fort Valley State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, received a three-year, $538,148 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for research on target detection technology using machine learning systems.