ATLANTA, GA —September 14, 2016— Clark Atlanta University was awarded a $691,513 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue its efforts to increase minority representation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The grant is administered by Conrad Ingram, Ph.D., director of the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GA-AL LSAMP), and supports the engagement of CAU undergraduate STEM majors (20 directly and dozens indirectly) in cutting-edge academic year laboratory research activities under the guidance and mentoring of research faculty. The award is the latest installment of a larger grant to CAU for this effort totaling $3.4 million.
The grant supports activities focused on increasing the number of minority students who complete degrees in STEM fields and go on to pursue advanced degrees in these areas or, enter the STEM workforce. It is part of CAU’s mission to maintain its position as one of the premier research institutions in the U.S.
“This grant will allow us to continue the mission of CAU, the NSF and partner institutions to expand minority representation in STEM disciplines,” said Ingram, who is also a professor of chemistry and a member of the research team at the Center for Functional Nanoscale Materials at CAU. “Without this grant,” Ingram continued, “underrepresented students might be deprived of opportunities to strengthen their scientific research skills and their level of preparedness for graduate school and employment in the STEM workforce.”
CAU is the lead university for this program, which supports 125 undergraduate students annually, from nine research institutions in Georgia and Alabama. The other eight member institutions are Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Georgia State University, J.F. Drake Community and Technical College, Lawson State Community College, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Paine College and the University of West Georgia. Students participating in the program from these institutions are given the opportunity to present their research at national STEM conferences each year.