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The National Science Foundation has awarded California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a six-year, $3.81 million grant to continue its support of a collaboration between the university and Princeton University's Center for Complex Materials that allows for opportunities for minority CSUN students to work with scientists at Princeton and CSUN as they do quantum materials research. One of the benefits of a grant like this is the opportunity it offers our students to work with some of the leading researchers in the field," says physics professor Gang Lu, who has led the partnership project since 2012. "Our students, especially undergraduates, are doing important research in the field of quantum materials, and their work has been published,--and will continue to be published--in some of the leading scientific journals," Lu adds.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a $70 million grant from the UT System Board of Regents to assist the university's expansion of its downtown campus. The donation will be used to build a new National Security Collaboration Center and a suggested School of Data Science, which will benefit undergrad and grad students studying cybersecurity. The National Security Collaboration Center will be a hub for federal, university and industry partners in cybersecurity and the School of Data Science will contain students and faculty in the computer science, computer engineering, statistics & data sciences, information systems and cyber security and the UTSA Open Cloud Institute disciplines.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) in West Mifflin was awarded a $500,000 grant to assist renovations of the campus, including new entry doors, buildings, HVAC system upgrades, reconfiguration of the learning center and lighting and technology improvements. "Facilities at the PIA campus in West Mifflin will be significantly improved as a result of these new state funds," Brewster said. "PIA is a well-established school dedicated to training students for jobs in aviation. These new dollars will help the institute continue its critical mission." The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.3 million.

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation has granted Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) with a $2.4 million private grant to assist the creation of the Early College program at the college. "We are so thankful to The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation for this extraordinary grant. It allows us to consolidate and scale our early work, to gather data and evidence of success and to make a strong case to the leaders of the Commonwealth that Early College is a viable and scalable solution to talent and economic development," said BHCC president Pam Eddinger. The grant will be used over the course of three years and will assist the program's mission of supporting traditionally underserved students in high school to attend higher education after graduation.

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) announced it has awarded $1.3 million through 420 scholarships this year to students majoring in hospitality. More than 70 percent of the scholarship recipients are women, and more than a third of the total recipients are minorities. "With students taking on crippling loans to deal with the rising cost of college, the hospitality sector is leading the curve in developing talent and providing career pathways for students who would not otherwise be able to access education," said AHLEF president Rosanna Maietta. "As an industry supporting more than 8 million employees, we are focused on creating lifelong career opportunities for aspiring hospitality students."

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) received a newly awarded grant from the National Science Foundation in efforts to establish a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program titled "Cultivating

Academically Talented Leaders Yields Scientists for Tomorrow (CATaLYST)" for high-achieving, low-income students. The program will be led by Dr. Melissa Marcucci, principal investigator and associate professor and chair of biology at USJ. Through the program, low-income and minority students will experience support activities, industry engagement, teambuilding, individual advising and academic support activities to help them reach graduation and succeed in their future careers.

The Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) was awarded a $50,000 gift from Intel, HP, Apple, Pinterest and Samsung to assist in the expansion of the institution's MSI Aspiring Leaders program. "This funding will eliminate barriers of cost and strengthen mentoring relationships for the Aspiring Leaders of our program. We are very grateful for this opportunity," said Marybeth Gasman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and director for the CMSI. The donations will benefit women of color that travel to the program's professional development events, want to visit and shadow their mentors and who want to attend national leadership conferences but don't have the funds to do so. The MSI Aspiring Leaders program consists of a leadership forum and mentorship program and is geared toward promoting diversity among higher education leadership. The program is free to all invited participants.
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Title Annotation:U.S. university grants
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Date:Oct 18, 2018
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