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.
Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, received a $218,378 grant from the National Science Foundation that will examine how public policies impact the concentration of poverty in urban areas. Researchers will examine population data by race, ethnicity and income for nearly 400 metropolitan areas in the United States.
Wayne State University in Detroit received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund a training program for public school teachers in Detroit in an effort to interest Black and Latino elementary school students in fisheries, wildlife, conservation, and aquatic sciences.
Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a joint program to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in STEM programs. The principal investigator on the grant project is Caesar R. Jackson, a professor of mathematics and physics at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Jackson holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from North Carolina State University.
The Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically Black educational institution in Atlanta, received a $3 million grant from the healthcare firm Kaiser Permanente to fund the medical school’s Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy. The program will provide tutoring, mentoring, research opportunities, and other support for undergraduate students at historically Black Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University who are interested in pursuing graduate study in health and biomedical fields.