$65K going towards UMES partnership with NASA

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – University of Maryland Eastern Shore is getting some new funding to support high school students looking to go into the STEM field.

This comes after U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and other officials announced the partnership between NASA and Maryland universities. The total funding awarded is $129,731 and UMES is just one of the schools receiving the funding. That is just under $65,000. Engineering faculty from the university applied for funding to help underserved minorities. School officials say this funding will help students get hands-on experience to further their STEM careers.

“First it will expose them to college life, they’ll be able to meet with our professors and learn from faculty who are working in the field, who are experts, and then they’ll learn new skills, and again it will increase their educational exposure,” says Dr. LaKeisha Harris, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

She says the short-term goals for the program are to get high school students to visit the campus and be exposed to the university’s curriculum. This program is set to go into effect this July. Dr. Harris says UMES summer programs have proved to be successful in the past and this is a great way to get more minorities to get into STEM education.

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