$3.6 million HSI STEM grant to expand access

Includes new tutoring center

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Adams State College a $3.6 million grant from the Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Entitled Increasing Student Engagement and Success in STEM, the five-year grant will fund several initiatives to help more Hispanic and low-income students earn a STEM degree, according to

Adams State senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Program Development.

“We have identified three strategies to help us increase the annual award of STEM degrees by 50% and to triple STEM degrees awarded to Hispanic students,” Mumper said. This year’s award totals $869,849; the total grant amount is $3,630,551.

ASC's Zacheis Planetarium will be upgraded with new equipment and programs.

The comprehensive proposal was developed in close consultation with all Adams State science and mathematics faculty. Those instrumental in the successful grant application include Dr. Matt Nehring, Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics; Dr. Benita Brink, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biology and Earth Sciences; Grant Specialist Tawney Becker; and Lillian Gomez, director of Adams State’s Title V program.

“Outreach, academic support, and student engagement are the three areas we will focus on to promote student success in STEM,” Gomez said. The project will upgrade Adams State facilities and equipment to better serve students and support the new programming. Specific activities include summer programs, seminars, tutoring, a new STEM tutoring center, curriculum reform, and undergraduate research.

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