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State’s colleges will use $4M NSF award to increase minorities in STEM

Bennie Thompson

Bennie Thompson

Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie G. Thompson recently announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4 million to Jackson State University and an alliance of Mississippi institutions of higher learning to help train minorities for careers in STEM.

JSU is the lead institution of the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) Pathways Alliance. Other collaborators are Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Hinds Community College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College, University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi.

LSMAMP is helping to address a statewide and national demand for STEM workers. JSU President William B. Bynum Jr. praises the efforts of institutions and leaders to fulfill an important need.

“We are thankful to the National Science Foundation and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson for our recent award of $4 million,” Bynum said. “These funds will assist us in continuing our work of preparing economically disadvantaged students for STEM fields.”

Dr. Martha Tchounwou of JSU is the statewide program manager of LSMAMP.

“For nearly a quarter of a century, the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation has played a significant role in educating minority students in STEM,” Tchounwou said. “The new funding provides us with an excellent opportunity to continue to recruit, train, retain and graduate underrepresented minority students and make a significant impact on workforce development in Mississippi and throughout the U.S.”

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