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Education Department Awards More Than $2.7 Million to 12 Colleges to Strengthen Minority Participation in STEM-Related Fields

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 12 colleges and universities that serve large minority populations will receive $2,748,619 in grants to strengthen education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), 10 awards were made for Institutional Projects, one award for Cooperative Project, and one award for Special Project.

"America's capacity to build and create should never be limited by a shortage of talent in the STEM fields," Secretary Duncan said. "These grants ensure that more minorities are prepared for these high-demand jobs, which are so essential to building a competitive workforce and growing our economy."

MSEIP supports the Administration's overall goal of improving STEM education to improve America's technological and scientific competitiveness. In addition to the goal of these grants -- to expand career opportunities for underrepresented groups, especially women --the Administration is also working to improve the quality of math and science teaching in our Nation's schools so that students can master challenging content, think critically in STEM-related subjects, and are no longer outperformed by students in other nations.

Under a competitive preference priority, this year the applicants were invited to address the need to 'increase the number and proportion of high-need students who persist in and complete college or other postsecondary education and training.' They were also invited to address the invitational priorities to 'institutionalize practices which have evidence of success,' and to 'improve STEM education in the first two years of college.'

These grants were awarded to institutions in California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Texas. MSEIP is currently supporting 26 continuation grants, in addition to the 12 three-year grants awarded today.

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