WASHINGTON (Valley News Live) National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $1 million grant to the University of North Dakota to support scholarships for undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
The funds will go to students from low-income families and underrepresented groups, giving them the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty and preparing them for graduate studies and research careers.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator John Hoeven helped secure funding in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bills for programs to enhance STEM education, including the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program at NSF.
“These scholarships will open new opportunities for students to gain valuable, hands-on experience as they pursue a STEM degree, helping them to achieve their education and career goals,” Hoeven said.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp also helped secure the funding.
“Encouraging students to enter STEM education programs and supporting them throughout their college years will help increase the number of students ready to tackle the jobs of the 21st century,” said Heitkamp. “These federal funds will support lower income and minority students, including underrepresented students from rural areas, enabling them to pursue and further their careers in STEM.”