National Science Foundation $10M Federal Grant Will Boost Racial and Ethnic Diversity in STEM Higher Ed

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TIES Founder Jan Morrison Is Co-Principal Investigator

CLEVELAND, OH.  Sept 17, 2019 – A University of Pittsburgh multidisciplinary research team, which includes TIES and the STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice (SLECoP), have been chosen to create a network of precollege programs with accreditation standards to boost college enrollment for underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.

The STEM Learning Ecosystems are the ideal vehicle for piloting and scaling a program aimed at improving meaningful STEM pathways for underserved students.

Jan Morrison, TIES Founder and Managing Partner

The goal is to address gaps between underrepresented students that participate in STEM precollege programs, study STEM related majors in college and get related jobs after graduation. The National Academy of Sciences has found the fastest-growing population segments are the least represented in STEM fields. The number of racially and ethnically underrepresented students in science and engineering fields would have to triple to match their share in the population. 

Jan Morrison, co-principal investigator and co-founder of the SLECoP, said she is thrilled to be working with Pitt and the other partners to create strong STEM college and career pathways for underrepresented students. “STEM is for all but has to be designed for each,” Morrison said.

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