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MSEIP Grants Fuel STEM Programs at Predominantly Minority Colleges

The United States Department of Education has awarded grants to "predominantly minority" colleges and universities looking to effect "long-range improvement in science and engineering education."

The grants were awarded through ED's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program, whose aim is to promote STEMN careers among underrepresented populations, including women and ethnic minorities. Among other things, the funds are used to improve college and pre-college STEM programs, fund faculty development, provide stipends for participants, support student research, and renovate facilities.

"These grants will help support the expansion of America's scientific and technological capacity to build global competitiveness by increasing minority graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, in a prepared statement.

ED reported that 14 grants totaling $3.1 million were awarded in the latest round. However, only 12 recipients (with awards totaling $2.71 million) have so far been published. Those 2012 grant recipients included:

Additional information about the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program can be found on ED's MSEIP portal.

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