Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $250,000 per year over three years to provide extra support for its academic programs in math and science, the federal government said.
Federal grants through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program were sent nationwide to a dozen colleges and universities that enroll large numbers of underrepresented ethnic minorities.
The funds help institutions of higher learning better serve students, who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology engineering and mathematics.
“These grants will help prepare more minority students for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, which are in high-demand and critical to building a competitive workforce that will grow our economy,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, in a prepared statement.
His federal agency awarded $2.89 million in grants overall. Charles R. Drew University and California State University, Bakersfield were the only institutions in the state receiving funds. Christopher Reid, former associate dean in the College of Science and Health, secured the grant..
“This funding helps us better prepare graduates from Charles R. Drew University for the workplace,” said David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., president of Charles R. Drew University.