AAMU Receives NASA Support for Summer Program in STEM
Helping Underrepresented Students Pursue STEM Opportunities
Alabama A&M University is one of 10 historically black colleges and universities to receive over $640,000 from NASA to provide pre-college summer programs for area students.
NASA is helping students in underrepresented and underserved communities to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Minority University Research and Education (MUREP) project has selected AAMU as part of the funding cycle.
AAMU was awarded $65,000 for its proposed project to collaborate with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., offer college readiness, STEM engagement and STEM career awareness opportunities to 11th and 12th graders. The Precollege Summer Institute (PSI) for Recruiting and Inclusion for STEM for MSIs (PRISM) will be a three-week residential program that offers students learning activities designed to increase their STEM efficacy and identity, improve college readiness skills, and expose them to STEM careers through authentic learning experiences in NASA Marshall laboratories.
The AAMU project will be coordinated by Dr. Jonathan Lassiter, an AAMU Ph.D. physics alum. Other recipients of the NASA awards include the following: Albany State University, Fayetteville State University, Lawson State Community College, Lincoln University, Meharry Medical College, Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.