NSF Project Focuses on Math, Science

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The project’s title is “Recruiting, Retaining and Graduating Appalachian and Minority Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Majors (AMSTEMM). The NSF project award becomes effective Jan. 1, 2005, and extends through Dec. 31, 2009.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky has been awarded a $1,998,996 grant for a project aimed at increasing the number of minority and Appalachian-area students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at UK.

The National Science Foundation grant seeks to increase by 240 students over a five-year period the number of minority students and students from Appalachian counties who are seeking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees, said Robert Tannenbaum, the principal investigator on the grant.

“A further goal of the project,” Tannenbaum said, “is to increase the number of students graduating with STEM majors by a total of at least 35 in the fifth year of the project, and at least 50 in each of the succeeding years.”

In addition to Tannenbaum, who is associate director of undergraduate studies at UK, the project will be co-directed by Carl Eberhart, professor of mathematics, and Jeffrey Osborn, professor of biology , both in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The project’s title is “Recruiting, Retaining and Graduating Appalachian and Minority Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Majors (AMSTEMM). The NSF project award becomes effective Jan. 1, 2005, and extends through Dec. 31, 2009.

The National Science Foundation awarded only 13 other grants in this program in 2004, including ones to such prestigious institutions as the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and State University (VPI), and the National Academy of Sciences.


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