The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted $650,000 to Bryant University’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) scholarship Program. The funding is aimed at encouraging women, minorities and low-income students to pursue STEM careers.
According to university officials, approximately 75% of the grant allocation will be for scholarships.
“In addition, Bryant’s STEM Scholars program will provide comprehensive instructional support building on the University’s student-centered focus, faculty and peer mentorship,” the school noted.
Faculty involved in the program are optimistic about what the funding will mean for the future of STEM-related program in academia.
“We already have strong and nationally-recognized programs in Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics and Science,” said Dr. Rich Gorvett, a principal investigator for the grant and research.
According to the Pew Research Center, Black students earn about 7 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees.
“Bryant is a remarkable institution dedicated to ensuring students benefit from an interdisciplinary educational experience that extends beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Kirsten Hokeness, director of the Bryant University Center for Health and Behavioral Sciences, chair of the Science and Technology Department and co-principal investigator for the grant and research.