Expanding STEM-related skills (science, technology, engineering, math) within an increasingly diverse pool of talented students and researchers is the impetus behind a five-year, $1.66 million grant recently awarded to Indiana University by the U.S. Navy.
Successful STEM initiatives with historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) — such as IU’s Summer Scholars Institute with 12 partner institutions — were key to IU’s selection for the grant.
“The importance of preparing new talent for the STEM fields remains a national priority, and Indiana University is well-positioned to take a lead in developing a model that will expand student research opportunities as well as strengthen the future STEM workforce.”
— James Wimbush, IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs.
The grant will help IU extend its STEM alliance from 12 to 20 institutions that serve minorities, support student/faculty exchanges between IU and partner institutions, development of faculty-student digital collaboration and engaging researchers and labs at Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane.
“This latest agreement builds on the long-standing partnership between Indiana University and NSWC Crane and works to encourage a diverse range of Hoosier students to pursue STEM careers while contributing to our national security.”
— Kirk White, IU assistant vice president and military liaison
Learn more about the grant and its applications here: