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Virginia State University awarded $400,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics grant

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Posted at 9:16 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 21:16:17-04

ETTRICK, Va. — The National Science Foundation awarded Virginia State University a $400,000 grant to increase minority pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and careers, the university announced Monday.

“Every year, hundreds of students come to college with the desire to major in a STEM discipline, but deficiencies in their mathematics background prove to be an insurmountable barrier,” Oliver W. Hill, Jr., Ph.D., executive director for the VSU Research Foundation and principal investigator for the project, said. “This grant represents the third in a series of funded projects that we are hoping will have a real impact on increasing the number of VSU students who are successfully able go on to a STEM career.”

The National Science Foundation has awarded Virginia State nearly $3 million over the recent years.