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Clark Atlanta Nets $3.4 Million Grant From National Science Foundation For STEM Students

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Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) received a $3.4 million grant Sept. 12 to implement and lead the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in support of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grant will cover a period of five years.

CAU President Carlton E. Brown, principal investigator for the grant, said, “I am very pleased that our excellent STEM faculty and those of the alliance will have the opportunity through this program to expand the number of undergraduates that they teach and mentor in their research laboratories, while providing these students the chance to conduct cutting-edge research. This alliance will allow for more than 130 minority undergraduate students per year to have direct exposure to the STEM fields.”

CAU’s Dr. Conrad Ingram, the program director for the grant, weighed in as well.

“This grant provides tremendous opportunities for us to increase the number of minority undergraduates in STEM,” INgram said. “This will ultimately increase the number of students pursuing graduate studies in STEM fields and who will assume leadership roles in their careers. The project itself supports CAU’s broad agenda to increase opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM.”

The other schools in the alliance are: Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Georgia State University, J.D. Drake State Community and Technical College, Lawson State College, Morehouse College, Paine College, Spelman College and the University of West Georgia.

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