The College of Science and Technology at NC A&T secures competitive $1-Million NSF S-STEM grant

GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 7, 2018) – The College of Science and Technology (CoST) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation under the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM). The grant will fund the CoST’s SciTech Scholars Enrichment project: Advancing Academically Talented Students in Science, Technology and Mathematics Degree Programs.

The project will award 100 scholarships over a five-year period to support undergraduate students in the national need disciplines of chemistry, electronics technology, mathematics and physics. Scholarships will be awarded to high-achieving students with a demonstrated financial need.

“We are very much excited about this opportunity to recruit outstanding and talented students to join our CoST’s community of scholars. The SciTech Scholars program will increase the number of students majoring in four STEM areas of national need,” said Dr. Abdellah Ahmidouch interim dean and principal investigator for the project. “One of the goals of the project is to make sure that these students graduate in a timely manner and are very well prepared for and succeed in graduate studies and/or gain immediate placement into the STEM workforce”

Ahmidouch added that N.C. A&T’s status as a historically black university places this project in a unique position to make a significant contribution to diversity in higher education and the STEM workforce.

The institutional goal of the SciTech Scholars project is to develop and test a model for student success that can be duplicated across the university to mentor underrepresented minority and economically underprivileged students in STEM disciplines. The program seeks to diversify the STEM workforce, develop an understanding of the challenges that low-income STEM students encounter at historically black colleges and universities, and build upon the teaching skills of underrepresented minority faculty members.

SciTech Scholars will be immersed in CoST’s active learning environment while residing in a living-learning community and receiving guidance from mentors and participating in other proven community-building activities, leadership development, and student persistence initiatives.