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 Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, received a five-year, $575,000 grant to develop a model for the successful transition of African American, Hispanic, and Native American women from postdoctoral positions into tenure-track faculty posts in STEM fields.
The Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically Black educational institution in Atlanta, received a $150,000 grant to participate in a study that is investigating methods of cartilage tissue engineering.
The College of Engineering at the University of Arizona received a $1,070,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to enhance the diversity of students in doctoral programs in STEM fields. The funds will be used to cover tuition and expenses for 12 students from underrepresented groups.
Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a $1,000,000 donation from entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. The donation will create the Sean Combs Scholarship Fund for undergraduate students in the School of Business. Funds will also support internships for undergraduate business majors.
North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for programs to increase the number of qualified teachers who are willing to take positions in K-12 public schools in underserved rural areas.
Historically Black Jackson State University received three grants totaling $410,000 from the National Science Foundation for research to understand the physiological ramifications of racially divisive subject matter on African Americans. The research will be under the director of Byron D’Andra Orey, a professor of political science at the university. Dr. Orey is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and Stony Brook University in New York and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans.
Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a $108,500 grant from the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute to study the effects of second-hand smoke. The funds will support research positions for graduate students in the environmental toxicology department at the university.