Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing received a five-year, $772,525 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project titled, “Decision Support for Multigene Panel Testing and Family Risk Communication Among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Young Breast Cancer Survivors.” The award will support further development and testing of an innovative web-based intervention to improve multigene panel testing and cancer risk-reduction among racially and ethnically diverse young breast cancer survivors in South Florida and to promote family risk communication among their at-risk family members. The project is under the director of Tarsha Jones, an assistant professor of nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She holds a master’s degree in community and public health nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a $394,607 research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that will support the establishment of a state-of-the-art Photochemical and Photophysics Laboratory at the university. The new lab’s primary purpose will be to conduct research and train new generations of scientists in the detection and generation of singlet oxygen – an electronically excited level of the molecule of oxygen.

Florida International University in Miami received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a program to increase the number of women and members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups pursuing degrees in physics. Selected students will work closely with the university’s nuclear physics group, receiving mentorship, training support in both experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, and hands-on research experiences. They will also have the opportunity to attend conferences, as well as participate in summer programs at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is the recipient of a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to support the education of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students. The grant will be used to increase the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds, especially for students who are African American or Hispanic/Latino.

Xavier University, a historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, is sharing a $513,443 grant from the National Science Foundation for research and development of a completely all-solid-state Lithium-ion battery by replacing the liquid electrolyte with a solid electrolyte. Such a battery is safer as it is far less likely to catch fire.

Historically Black Alabama State University received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for programs to enhance academic programs and research for students who are underrepresented in STEM fields.

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