The National Science Foundation awarded a $5 million grant to the University of Alabama to increase the number of minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
Alabama leads a group of nine four-year colleges and other partners participating in the five-year Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (ALSAMP). It provides outreach activities that promote STEM fields to middle-school students and others over time.
"And our hope is that these students get a better idea what someone does as a scientist or engineer in industry. And so our hope is to kind of get to them early," said Dr. Viola L. Acoff, Project Manager of ALSAMP and Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in UA's College of Engineering.
The $5 million grant lasts over five years.
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