NEC member Framingham State University was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The university was one of only 33 colleges and universities across the U.S. to receive a grant for the year.
The grant will cover a five-year initiative at Framingham State called “Transparent Pathways.” The program will include approximately 60 STEM faculty from Framingham State and neighboring Massachusetts Bay Community College in a development program that will create a lasting impact of excellence in the STEM curriculum and faculty ranks. The overarching goal of the initiative is to help first-generation students and underrepresented students in the STEM fields succeed.
Framingham State President Dr. F. Javier Cevallos said, “This is an incredible opportunity for the University to enhance its longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Science and technology are crucial to the state’s innovation economy, but there is still a large achievement gap for first-generation and minority students training in these important fields.”
The New England Council congratulates Framingham State University in receiving this grant and commends the university’s longtime commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more on the Framingham State University Website.