NSF grant will help underrepresented students pursue STEM doctorates at Mines
GOLDEN, Colo., July 7, 2010 – Colorado School of Mines has been awarded a $987,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit and support underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing doctorate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Funding for the “Bridge to the Doctorate” program will help Mines attract and support 12 talented students for two years in cutting-edge graduate research programs focused on STEM disciplines beginning fall semester 2010.
“With shortages of science and engineering talent facing our nation, it is critical to draw from the many population groups that have not been well-represented to help ensure the future technological and economic leadership of the United States,” said Steve Castillo, Colorado School of Mines provost.
The award is a supplement to the Colorado Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, housed at Colorado State University, which promotes minority participation in STEM disciplines at the undergraduate level at a number of higher education institutions in Colorado.
The principals for the proposal are Linda Figueroa and Junko Munakata Marr, both associate professors of environmental science and engineering, and Jahi Simbai, director of graduate recruiting and admissions at Mines.
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