MVSU Departments Receives $750K Grant to Promote STEM Disciplines

September 27, 2017

Pictured, from left, are Dr. Candace Carter-Stevens, Dr. Manju Pande, Dr. Latonya Garner (Chair), Dr. Hattie Spencer, Dr. Rachel Beecham and Dr. Earlean Moore-Anderson (MSEIP Project Director). 

ITTA BENA-- The Department of Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences (MCIS) is excited to announce a grant for $750,000 from the United States Department of Education.

The grant is to support a Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) at Mississippi Valley State University.

The grant is entitled, "STEM CHANGERS: Customized High-Quality Approaches Necessary to Graduate, Excite, and Retain STEM Students."

The overarching goal of the project is to increase the awareness of STEM Education among minorities, especially women while creating pathways for students to earn bachelor’s degrees in a STEM fields.

There are three initiatives: Faculty and Student Research, Science Academy/Bridge Program and Retention.

The projected grant award is over a three-year grant cycle, which will allow MVSU to fortify its partnership with the Greenwood Public Schools and the Leflore County Public Schools to promote STEM disciplines among middle school students targeting females and high school seniors.

This initiative was led by Dr. Earlean M. Anderson, STEM program director and STEM faculty members; Dr. Candace Carter Stevens, Dr. Rachel Beecham, Dr. Hattie Spencer, Dr. Manju Pande and Dr. Latonya Garner.

“I am absolutely honored and proud of the hard work this team has done and will continue to do to make a difference in our local school districts and in the scientific community,” said Garner.