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Wayne State one of five Michigan universities get grant to boost minority STEM success

December 11, 2013

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.32 million grant to five Michigan universities for a project that will increase the academic success of underrepresented minority graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in STEM (science, technology , engineering, and mathematics) fields, as well as women graduate students in gender-imbalanced fields. The project, Michigan Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, is comprised of Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Michigan Technological University. The alliance aims to strengthen the academic identity of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by improving their mentoring relationships and engaging them in interdisciplinary learning communities. "The alliance aims to improve mentoring of our students and fellows by providing new programs for our faculty in evidence-based strategies for effective mentoring, as well as design individual mentoring tailored to the discipline and circumstances of each pair of faculty and student or postdoc," said Joseph Dunbar, associate vice president for research and associate dean of the Graduate School at Wayne State University, and principal investigator of Wayne State's part in the project.