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March 4, 2005

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Deborrah M. Banks (301) 860-4311 or dbanks@bowiestate.edu
Kimberly M. West (301) 860-4307 or kwest@bowiestate.edu

Bowie State University Receives $2.5 Million National Science Foundation Grant to Support Minority STEM Majors

Bowie, Maryland – Bowie State University (BSU) was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the university’s initiative to increase the percentage of underrepresented minority Science/Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.

Through the project for Building Excellence in Teaching, Training, Education and Research (BETTER), Bowie State University will create a pathway to bring students from under-represented groups to careers in the mathematical sciences. Over the course of five years, BSU will develop a STEM Honors Program and new undergraduate programs in bio-informatics and computational biology, and computer network security; implement a Summer Academy for freshmen students; organize professional workshops for faculty and an annual symposium on undergraduate research among other initiatives.

According to Dr. Sadanand Srivastava, principal investigator for the project, “Improving the quality of the programs by infusing research into educational experiences of our student population, and increasing the number of students who seek and complete graduate studies have been primary objectives of the STEM departments.”

Bowie State University ranks second in the nation in graduating African-Americans with Masters Degrees in computer science and information sciences. STEM majors equal about 12% of the BSU student population.

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in the United States. For more information about the National Science Foundation, visit www.nsf.gov.

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Posted By: Kimberly West
Friday, March 4th 2005 at 4:42PM
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