UMSL one of eight Missouri schools in $5 million NSF grant to increase minority graduates in STEM

by | Oct 13, 2016

The grant calls for a 125 percent increase in Missouri's minority STEM graduates, with the goal of graduating more than 600 statewide by 2021.
UMSL Science Complex

The UMSL Science Complex includes the new Science Learning Building extension (at right). (Photo by August Jennewein)

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is one of eight Missouri schools sharing in a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase minority graduates in science, technology, engineering and math.

The grant calls for a 125 percent increase. That means graduating statewide more than 600 minority STEM students by 2021. Numbers show that Missouri graduated 283 such students in 2014.

The announcement came yesterday from Gov. Jay Nixon at Harris-Stowe State University, which serves as the principal investigator for the NSF grant. The funding specifically comes from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation within the foundation.

The other university partners include the University of Missouri–Columbia, St. Louis Community College, Washington University in St. Louis, Truman State University, the University of Central Missouri and Lincoln University.

Called “the Missouri Alliance,” the eight schools represent 65 percent of all minority STEM graduates statewide. The alliance is one of 45 funded nationally through the LSAMP program, which focuses funds on comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative and sustained strategies that result in higher graduation rates of well-prepared, highly qualified STEM students from underrepresented groups.

UMSL Associate Provost Paulette Isaac-Savage attended the announcement and spoke with KMOX (1120 AM).

“We have great science programs at [UMSL] now,” Isaac-Savage said. “But this will certainly give us an opportunity to bring more students from underrepresented groups to the campus and to prepare them for the STEM fields.”

Media coverage:
KMOX (1120 AM)
The St. Louis American
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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