The Maryland Department of Commerce has announced an award of $3 million in endowment funding to Morgan State University to establish three new research professorships in brain science, psychometrics and predictive analytics, and cybersecurity engineering. The endowments were made through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI), a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at Maryland-based colleges and universities.
The Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative was created by the General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session. Funding from the initiative can be used to pay salaries of newly endowed department chairs, staff, and support personnel in designated scientific and technical fields of study; fund related research fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students; and purchase lab equipment and other basic infrastructure and equipment.
The three endowed professorships are the first in Morgan State University’s 154-year history and will place the university in a strong position to recruit some of the world’s best researchers and academic minds. It will also position the university to become more competitive in several emerging research areas.
“Morgan is serious about continuing along its path to recognition as a world-class research university anchored in urbanism and the HBCU tradition of excellence. Through the support of the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund, we will leverage these three fully funded endowed professorships to further advance and make critical contributions to rising areas of STEM,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “This is a significant first for our university, placing us in an advantageous position not only to build for our future but to ensure there is a future for others, and we’re excited about all of the possibilities that await.”