SF Receives Grant to Help Minorities in STEM Programs

December 4, 2018 – Santa Fe College was recently named a recipient of the Florida-Caribbean Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence (LSCRE) grant. The grant will enable SF to be a center for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, focusing on increasing minority involvement in STEM fields. SF is in the process of hiring a director to help run the program. During the three-year grant period, faculty will be able to participate in conferences to gain skills necessary to alleviate the psychosocial threats to underrepresented minorities’ success in STEM programs.

The LSCRE will host annual conferences that provide faculty research-based, STEM-focused interventions and training based on faculty feedback and interaction, as well as student success. It will also provide access to information via the “STEM-central hub” about psychosocial interventions that help mitigate factors which hinder minorities in STEM fields. Finally, LSCRE will conduct rigorous assessments of existing interventions to be published in peer-reviewed journals.

This is a three-year collaborative project between Santa Fe College and the University of the Virgin Islands with SF serving as the lead institution.

The amount of funds requested from the National Science Foundation is $361,855 for the first year of the project, with no matching funds from Santa Fe College. Total funding for the three-year project is $974,191.

Duration of this project is September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019.

For additional information about the LSCRE, and Santa Fe College’s role in the grant, visit the National Science Foundation’s news page.