Syracuse University received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to administer a program to attract more black and other minority graduate students to a consortium of colleges and universities in upstate New York. Participating institutions are Clarkson University, Cornell University, Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

• Spelman College, the historically black college for women in Atlanta, received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of students studying in the fields of computer science and robotics. The grant program is under the direction of Andrew B. Williams, an associate professor of computer and information sciences.