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Congressman Fattah Announces $3 Million Award to Drexel University to Expand Minority Representation in STEM Fields

Lead by Drexel University, nine regional institutions will receive NSF funding to increase the number of underrepresented students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), the lead appropriator for the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced today that Drexel University was awarded $3.175 million from the agency to significantly increase the number of students completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The funding from NSF will support the Greater Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. Headed by Drexel, the initiative includes STEM outreach and retention programs at eight additional area institutions: Cheyney University, Delaware State University, Lincoln University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Temple University, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, and the Community College of Philadelphia.

"By encouraging more minority students to complete STEM degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, this program is significantly expanding the number of future mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and researchers," Congressman Fattah said. "For far too long, minorities have been unrepresented in these fields, and Drexel is leading the charge in our region to change that, successfully recruiting thousands of students into STEM. To continue to compete on a global level and lead the world in innovation and technology, the United States must entice more students to enter and remain in these growing professions. "

In the next five years, LSAMP has chosen to specifically focus on increasing the engagement of undergraduate STEM students in national and international research experiences, expanding the coordinated movement of community college students to 4-year institutions, and enhancing inter-institutional connectivity.

Fattah who has been one of Congress' strongest STEM advocates, has been a principal supporter of the LSAMP program in Philadelphia. The program's goals overlap with the Fattah-founded Graduate Opportunity Initiative Conference (now called the National Conference on Higher Education) that is designed to increase underrepresented students in graduate and professional schools.

"The Greater Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is excited about the opportunity to continue the good work of the previous 20 years, and expand the program's footprint going forward. Already we have graduated over 12,000 students with STEM baccalaureate degrees, 3,000 master's students, and 350 PhDs," said Stephen Cox, Co-Principle Investigator and AMP Project Director. "Congressman Fattah has taken personal attention to the program, making sure that it not only stands financially, but that it receives appropriate support from the right people on the government as well as the academic side."

For additional information on the LSAMP grant visit the NSF Award Abstracts database, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/.

www.fattah.house.gov

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

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