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.

Historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi received a $250,000 grant from the Engineer Research and Development Center of the Army Corps of Engineers to develop cost-effective and environmentally friendly technology for managing or cleaning up areas where there is depleted uranium.

chris-allenThe University of Massachusetts at Lowell received a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to conduct research on why women at historically Black colleges and universities choose to disclose or not to disclose incidents of sexual assaults to administrators at the educational institutions. The research will also examine if there are different health outcomes for women depending on whether or not they disclosed the fact that they were sexually assaulted. The research is under the direction of Christopher Allen, an assistant professor of gender studies. Dr. Allen is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Syracuse University in New York received a three-year, $738,195 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups who pursue Ph.D. programs in chemistry.

Virginia Union University, the historically Black educational institution in Richmond, received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the establishment of a Talent Search program. The grant will support efforts to prepare students in the Richmond public school system for college.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $693,854 grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to purchase a secondary ion mass spectrometer that is used to determine the atomic and molecular makeup of materials. The device will be shared by the departments of chemistry and physics.

Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a multi-million gift from Alfred C. Liggins III, president and CEO of Radio One, Inc. As a result of the gift, the university’s School of Communication will be named after Cathy Hughes, who founded Radio One and is the mother of Alfred C. Liggins.

Harris-Stowe State University and Lincoln University, both in Missouri, will be participating in a $5 million grant program funded by the National Science Foundation that seeks to double the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn degrees in STEM fields within five years.

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