UMES gets $850k in federal funds to digitize archives, build interdisciplinary research center

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen paid a visit to  to announce funding for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) on Tuesday.

The Senator was able to secure $850,000 in funding to tackle two projects at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU). “The first one will help us take all of our historical records and put them in a digitized form. As you can imagine, here at our HBCU, we have a rich history of what we want to make sure we don’t lose,” said UMES President Dr. Heidi Anderson.

The funding will also support the implementation of an interdisciplinary research center on campus. “This is a center that will have resources for all of our faculty to enhance the research that they have for people here on the Shore,” said Dr. Anderson. “We do a lot in marine biology research, we do a lot in environmental sciences research, animal research. But, for those social scientists who are not in the real hard sciences, this will be give them some other resources that they can utilize as well.”

Dr. Anderson says both of these projects will help launch UMES into the future, while staying in touch with its rich history. “We’re not only trying to transform ourselves to become a top 20 HBCU – which were already in the top 20. We’re number 17, but we want to go higher up – this will help us make sure that our students have access to world class historical records but also research that they can do to help solve problems of people on the shore,” she said.

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