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Morgan State University has announced $1,248,895 in grant funding to the School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. According to the statement, the National Science Foundation grant will fund a project designed to create pathways for greater success among science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors at Morgan.

The National Science Foundation grant-winning project is called “PERSIST – Pathways to Enhance Retention of Students in Science to Transition,” and was developed by Lisa D. Brown,  the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Honors Program coordinator. Dr. Brown  (photo inset) will oversee the program.

“We foresee the PERSIST program serving as a model for enhancing student success and increasing persistence to degree completion,” Brown said.

PERSIST aims to develop a six-week pre-college transition program to enhance retention of incoming freshmen,  increase the number of students who are engaged in academic research, and integrate activities into the curricula of all science majors. The program is divided into phases that contain activities to foster transition and persistence to degree completion.

At the beginning of this school year, Morgan State announced a $35 Million National Institutes of Health grant to the university’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. The school said it will use the NIH grant awards to advance multiple initiatives.

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