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Lawson State Receives NSF Grant

9/8/2011

LAWSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3060 Wilson Road
Birmingham, AL 35221

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Contact: Geri Albright
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Lawson State Receives NSF Grant

BIRMINGHAM, AL (Sept. 8, 2011) Lawson State Community College has been awarded a 1.6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to fund the 2-Pi STEM (2-Pathways into STEM) Project.  The main goals of the 2-Pi-STEM (2-Pathways into STEM) Project are to create pathways to professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to establish a college bridge program.

The project expects to increase preparation and success of African American students in central Alabama through their transitions from high school, to the Lawson State STEM program, and then in  STEM to a four-year college. “The activities of the project will be supported by an enhanced STEM infrastructure at Lawson State that impacts underrepresented populations in STEM careers especially in the Central Alabama region,” said Dr. Bruce Crawford, vice president for instructional services.  “This will provide academic enrichment opportunities for high school students and a bridge program for incoming freshman/sophomore and transfer students in concert with our Freshman Academy that acclimates new students to college life.”  

The National Science Foundation, the federal agency that promotes the progress of science, advances national health, prosperity, and welfare and secures national defense,  is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, with an exception for medical sciences.

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