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Morgan State University has announced a nearly million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to broaden science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.  The five-year grant from the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education will help strengthen STEM education by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, diversity of students and faculty, and collaboration.

“As Maryland’s leading producer of minorities in STEM fields, Morgan is pleased to receive this nearly $1-million investment from the National Science Foundation,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University in a statement. “With our current classification as a high-research university, Morgan is putting in place a comprehensive model that is solely focused on advancing the university’s position to become the next Research 1 classified institution in the state of Maryland.”

In January 2019, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education moved Morgan State from a moderate research classification of R3 (a ranking it held since 2006) to an elevated classification of R2, a status reserved for doctoral universities with high research activity. Morgan joined only 130 other universities nationwide to be given an R2 classification.

Dr. Angela Winstead, a chemistry professor who inspires and empowers young scholars, spearheaded the effort to secure the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) award and will serve as the grant’s principal investigator.

“The award of this S-STEM grant is meaningful, as it will allow us to make an impact within the African-American community by providing access to majors and careers that are traditionally underrepresented,” said Dr. Winstead. “It is through diversity in science and math careers that we can address issues important to our diverse communities and be a catalyst for advancement through bona fide career pathways.”

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