Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

money-bag-2Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

DerrickDeanHistorically Black Alabama State University in Montgomery received a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on designing and fabricating a scaffold that mimics and facilitates the development of tissue types to aid in the repair of ACL injuries. The research is under the direction of Derrick Dean, professor of biomedical engineering at the university.

mitchell-williams-aa72The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey, received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs aimed at increasing the diversity of the pool of candidates seeking careers in medicine and other health professions. The program is under the direction of Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, the associate dean for diversity and community affairs at the medical school.

Clemson University in South Carolina received a $50,000 grant from BMW to support the university’s Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program.

julienIndiana University in Bloomington received a $191,592 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a three-week summer seminar for 25 college and university faculty members who will study the arts and culture of the cities of Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Port-au-Prince, and New Orleans. The program is under the direction of Eileen Julien, the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at the university.

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro is participating in a five-year, $3 million grant program funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a program for graduate students who are interested in microbiome research.

kimGallonWiderPurdue University received a $245,299 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a three-week summer institute on campus entitled “Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods, and Practice.” Kim Gallon, an assistant professor of history at Purdue is co-principal investigator of the grant project.

Historically Black Albany State University in Georgia received a three-year, $769,165 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for education programs on preventing AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in counties neighboring the university.


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