Successful STEM Program, Led by UVA, Nets New Grant to Expand

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 00:00 -- mes3xg

Laura Barnes, right, assistant professor in the UVA Department of Systems and Information Engineering, is mentoring Sarai Alvarez from George Mason University. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)Some undergraduate students conducted hands-on research in astronomy, discovering a new molecule in space. Others are developing software to test the structural integrity of bridges and roads or to advance health information technology. Still others have studied the fluid mechanics of dolphin and whale movement, or experimented with synthetic materials for wound healing. In a range of fields involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance, a nine-member consortium the University of Virginia created 10 years ago, has been boosting the number of underrepresented minority students and preparing them for graduate school and related careers. Since the program’s inception, the number of minority students earning undergraduate STEM degrees at participating schools has increased by more than 150 percent. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)