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Suffolk County Community College Granted $100,000 By SUNY Louis Stokes Alliances For Minority Participation

Sydney A. Braat

The grant is designed to increase undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented minority student populations. (Photo: Suffolk County Community College)

Suffolk County Community College will be awarded $100,000 of a $4 million grant as a partner institution in the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) program. The program is a collaboration of 14 SUNY schools who are partnering in the new five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The grant is designed to increase undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented minority student populations.

"The strength and success of Suffolk's STEM scholars and the vital role of community colleges, particularly Suffolk, remain crucial entry points and valued partners in this LSAMP alliance within SUNY," remarked Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. "This results in long ranging benefits for our diverse students, enabling them to bridge from the community college to the baccalaureate level, on to graduate school and into the STEM workforce-the next generation of STEM scholars."

Dr. Candice Foley, a SUNY LSAMP Associate Director for the alliance, will be responsible for community college activities, successful 2-4 year transfers, and as a liaison to National Science Foundation (NSF) programs. This five-year award will include funds for stipends to Suffolk STEM students to engage in authentic research experiences.

This grant will help increase research opportunities for students. (Photo: Suffolk County Community College)

Over the next five years, the project will aim to meet the continuing challenge of preparing under represented students for a successful transition into STEM majors, provide experimental activities that lead to socialization into science, and promote systematic change by broadening participation in research.

SUNY LSAMP, founded in 1996, has been pivotal in shaping STEM education and forging new opportunities for UREP students to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and degrees in New York State. The program has also helped increase STEM bachelor's degrees by nearly 300 percent.

Suffolk County Community College is in the process of building a two-story, 33,792-swuare-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center on Michael J. Grant, Brentwood campus. It will be the first of its kind in the state community college system.

For more information, call 631-851-6700 or visit www.sunysuffolk.edu.

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