NSF Gives UA $1M to Recruit STEM Doctoral Students

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The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Arkansas $1 million to support the recruitment and retention of doctoral students from populations historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The money, $1,075,000, comes from Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, part of a national initiative that aims to help universities and colleges diversify the national STEM workforce.

The NSF identifies underrepresented groups as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders.

According to a news release, the grant will provide a $32,000 stipend, plus additional support costs, to 12 students pursuing doctoral degrees in 10 NSF priority areas at the UA. 

“As we build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive University of Arkansas, we are grateful for this significant award supporting our efforts and, most importantly, our students,” Yvette Murphy-Erby, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, said in a news release. “The remarkable Ph.D. students who will benefit from this grant will take their place among the leaders in STEM fields and will inspire generations of future leaders from underrepresented populations.”