New Alcorn grant will provide assistance to STEM students

Alcorn State University’s latest grant will allow science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors to become leaders in their fields.

The National Science Foundation awarded Alcorn’s Department of Chemistry and Physics a $377,939 grant through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). The funds will be used for the Department’s upcoming “Targeted Infusion Project: Infusing Evidence-Based Instructional Practices into the STEM Curriculum at Alcorn State University.”

“The goal of this project is to infuse evidence-based instructional practices, namely active learning and peer led team learning, into the STEM curriculum at Alcorn,” said Dr. Sandra Barnes, chair and associate professor of the Department. “The overall goal of the project is to produce a better prepared STEM workforce.”

A grant that would enhance the abilities of Alcorn’s students is something that fuels Barnes’ passion for being an educator. She looks forward to the students taking advantage of the benefits that will come because of the grant.

“I believe that this grant will benefit many students who enroll in STEM courses by enhancing STEM education. It will allow students the opportunity to get extra assistance with courses in which they may be having difficulty in achieving the ideal outcomes. The grant is also designed to help students develop their leadership skills and retain STEM content.”

Barnes said that the grant will equip undergraduate STEM students for a long, successful career.

“Because Alcorn produces a high percentage of STEM undergraduates, this grant will assist Alcorn in ensuring that graduates are well prepared for their careers.”

For more information about the grant, contact the Department of Chemistry and Physics at (601) 877-6436.

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