Morehouse College has received a $1.5 million grant to help historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) attract new STEM majors. The goal is to enhance programs and encourage students to see themselves as future scientists.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the funds to Morehouse’s new HBCU Identity Research Center (IRC) for STEM. The program will be led by IRC’s executive director, Dr. Lycurgus Muldrow.
Muldrow will study how the formation of a scientific identity in students builds their confidence and motivates them to excel and graduate with degrees in majors such as science, engineering, and mathematics.
In addition, the IRC will also research and broadcast information involving mainstream education reform in STEM areas and other disciplines; further promoting the academic value of an HBCU education.
Muldrow spoked on the opportunity stating:
“We are excited about the opportunity to do this important work. The IRC will create a community of scholars across the HBCU landscape that will work together to foster a research culture that increases collaboration and academic outreach and promotes continuous learning.”
After successful completion of this pilot grant, Morehouse will be eligible to submit a continuation proposal for the IRC valued at $9million.