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SSU receives $2 million NSF award
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Left to right: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Dr. Jonathan Lambright, Dr. Mary C. Wyatt and Dr. Johnny Johnson. - photo by Photo provided

SAVANNAH — Savannah State University has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program for the Minority Access for Graduate Education and Careers (MAGEC) in STEM Program Plus: Strengthening/Sustaining the Culture of Excellence for STEM education.

The five-year grant will continue to strengthen excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that was established during the initial grant period by further expanding and deepening outreach, teaching and mentoring activities in three key areas: curriculum development and reform; expanded pathways for undergraduate recruitment, enrichment, retention and research experiences; and faculty development.

Grant funds will provide approximately 30 scholarships each year for qualified STEM majors, research experience at national and international (China, Malaysia and India) institutions, internship opportunities at local/regional industries and schools as well as support for faculty training in new and fast-developing research areas, teaching and learning activities.

The principal investigator for the NSF grant is Mary C. Wyatt, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs. Co-PIs include Chellu S. Chetty, Ph.D., associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs; Jonathan Lambright, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Engineering Technology; and Johnny Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.