News Release


Dec 9, 2011  

Federal Grant for $750,000 to Provide Extra Funding for Math and Science

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. 


For more information, please contact:

Daryl Strickland
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
Office : (323) 563-4983


About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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