DSU bringing hands-on summer program to middle schoolers, $1.3M grant will help with funding

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State University is receiving over one million dollars in grant money to help them fund summer science programs for middle schoolers.

An associate professor at DSU said the $1.3 million dollar grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

We’re told DSU is the first institution in Delaware to receive this award.

The award will allow the college to have a two week residential camp at the university that will give middle schoolers the opportunity to have hands on experience in chemistry, biology, and bio-informatics.

The associate professor said they will be working with underrepresented minorities and young girls and she hopes this will give them new- real world experience.

“To see themselves in what they are doing right, if they can identify with someone, if they can say okay oh man I can be that scientist, or I can be that engineer, so I think exposure is what we need,” Dr. LaTia Scott, associate professor at DSU, said.

We’re told the program will engage 64 middle schoolers a year.

They will collaborate with Kent County Regional Resource Recovery Facility to do research on understanding wastewater and how it impacts health.

The first program will take place in the summer of 2021.

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