Three Massachusetts State Universities Receive Nearly $3 Million From NSF

Framingham State University, Bridgewater State University and Worcester State University have received a nearly $3 million grant to create a national model for a state university system to recruit, retain and promote cohorts of STEM teachers of color, Patch reported.

The grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The effort will launch July 1 and span five years.

Framingham is the lead school in this effort, according to FSU spokesman Daniel Magazu.

Black/African American, Hispanic, and Latino students make up about 33% of the U.S. student population in higher education and 13% of the proportion of STEM doctorates earned, but make up only 9% of the STEM workforce and only 6% of tenure-track US STEM faculty in higher education.

“The demographics of our faculty do not reflect the demographics of our students who reflect our society, but not the STEM workforce,” said Dr. Reema Zeineldin, associate vice president for academic affairs at Framingham State and lead principal investigator. of the grant application.

“Research clearly demonstrates that students of color do better when guided by professors from similar backgrounds and experiences,” Zeineldin said. “This alliance of three institutions aspires to provide a model of replicable support on best practices in inclusion and equity to increase representation and persistence of color faculty in STEM. We are grateful to the NSF for his support for the effort.

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