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.
Bloomfield College in New Jersey received a five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Black students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.
Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund programs to increase the number of women and minorities in nanobiotechnology and other STEM fields.
Mississippi State University received a $280,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a HIV intervention program for African American women in rural areas. The grant program will be under the direction of Kristina Hood, an assistant professor of psychology at the university. Dr. Hood is a graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She holds three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
The University of Alabama Birmingham is the lead institution in a $9.4 million grant program to combat hypertension in predominantly Black counties stretching from East Texas to Maryland. The University of North Carolina and East Carolina University will participate in the program.
The University of Connecticut received a $4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to help local governments in the Blue Nile River Basin in Ethiopia better manage agricultural and water resources.
Michigan State University received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development for programs to aid farmers in the African Great Lakes region to increase productivity and reduce crop disease in coffee production.
Jackson State University in Mississippi received a five-year, $749,273 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand its ADVANCE Women of Color Summer Writing Retreat to six other higher education institutions. The program is under the director of Loretta A. Moore, vice president for research and federal relations at Jackson State University.
The Lincoln University, a historically Black educational institution in Pennsylvania, received a three-year, $414,892 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a bachelor’s degree program in neuroscience and a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program in neuroscience in conjunction with Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for programs to reduce substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases in the Winston-Salem community.
Alcorn State University, the historically Black educational institution in Mississippi, received a five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research on how past and current federal agricultural policies have impacted Black and other minority farmers.