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Clark Atlanta Awarded $60,000 Grant to Boost Minority Representation in STEM Careers

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mario Boone
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ATLANTA (Sept. 12, 2016)    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday, Sept. 12, that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is among a handful of colleges and universities nationwide to be awarded the first-ever NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) research grant totaling $60,621.00.  CAU's principle investigator for this inaugural grant is Jaideep Chaudhary, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences and interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  

The funds will be used to support "an integrated approach to retain underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines," stated the NSF in a news release championing the first-of-its-kind program.

“I’m excited that Clark Atlanta is one of the first recipients of this groundbreaking research award,” said Chaudhary, who is also a member of CAU’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development.  Chaudhary said he will work with a team of researchers from other institutions on this project.  “We are glad to partner with UGA on this effort to increase minority representation in the STEM fields.”

CAU President Ronald A. Johnson was equally thrilled upon learning of the research grant.  “This latest grant by the National Science Foundation only bolsters our commitment to position CAU as a premier research institution,” Johnson remarked.   

According to the NSF’s mission statement, the INCLUDES program aims to transform STEM education and career pathways at the national scale, making them more widely inclusive.  The NSF said over the next decade it plans to use INCLUDES to expand the composition of the science and engineering workforce to better reflect the diversity of the U.S.  

Category: Arts and Sciences
Keywords: STEM Careers, Jaideep Chaudhary, Ph.D.