Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) announced that the University of West Alabama (UWA) was awarded $235,543 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). This funding will be used for UWA's Project Engage which seeks to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, as well as address the shortage of minorities in professional STEM fields.
"I am pleased that the Department of Education will provide this important funding to the University of West Alabama to increase participation and reduce the attrition rate of minority students in the STEM disciplines," said Rep. Sewell. "As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I understand how vital STEM education is to safe-guarding America's global competitive edge. This funding will help UWA provide much needed resources for students who can lead this nation in innovation and technology," added Rep. Sewell.
"We are delighted to receive these funds that will improve passage, persistence, and retention rates of students enrolled in STEM majors," said University of West Alabama Provost David Taylor. "As a model project to assist students entering STEM professions, it will impact the quality of science and math education throughout the Black Belt Region."
"We would like to thank Congresswoman Sewell for helping us secure these funds and for keeping the promises she made on the campaign trail," said Livingston Mayor Thomas Tartt. "We all understand the importance of STEM education and this grant will allow the University of West Alabama to launch new initiatives and programs designed to reinforce science and mathematics in the classroom and generate interest in theses critically important subjects."