Funding, Grants & Awards

4 Schools To Share up to $2 Million in NASA MUREP Grants

NASA has selected four new universities to share in grants of approximately $2 million to improve science technology engineering and math (STEM) education as part of its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP).

University of Hawaii at HonoluluHoward University, University of Texas at El Paso and Elizabeth City State University have each been selected to receive MUREP Other Opportunities grants, which provide up to $500,000 over the course of three years to create and implement a program. Schools were asked in this round of grants to propose innovative methods to create and implement STEM activities in service of increasing students from historically underserved communities in STEM fields related to NASA's mission.

"NASA's MUREP program provides support for colleges and universities to build programs that connect students from underrepresented and underserved communities with NASA, giving them the strong foundation they need to pursue and excel in STEM fields," said Donald James, associate administrator for NASA's Office of Education, in a prepared statement.

"Through MUREP's competitive awards, NASA provides financial assistance to minority serving institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions and eligible community colleges," according to information released by the agency. "These institutions recruit and retain underrepresented and underserved students, including women, girls and persons with disabilities, into STEM fields."

About the Author

Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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