Under an initiative known as the Indiana STEM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, six higher education institutions throughout Indiana will benefit from a $4.8 million grant that aims to boost the number underrepresented minorities statewide who earn bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering or math.
IUPUI is the lead institution for the grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. Other alliance members include IU Bloomington, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College and Ball State University.
“We are grateful to the NSF for supporting this important program that will impact students at institutions across the state of Indiana,” said IUPUI Chancellor Nassar Paydar, principal investigator on the NSF grant. “Creating opportunities to build the STEM educational pipeline will help strengthen the Indiana life sciences economy and contribute to our national and international competitiveness in this vital area.”
Through the alliance’s efforts, participating institutions hope to increase the number of minority students earning STEM degrees from 295 in 2013-14 to 590 by the fifth year.
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