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Minority Male STEM Initiative (MMSI) Grant

Lawson State Community College and Alabama A&M University are among an elite group of five community colleges and four-year institution partnerships that has received the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Minority Male STEM Initiative (MMSI) grants.  The academic partnership received $100,000 over the next two years. Funds were awarded to support four-year APLU and American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) member institutions by a major grant from the Kresge Foundation who have partnered with two-year colleges to advance accessibility and success for underrepresented minority males pursing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors in colleges across the nation.

 “Lawson State is proud to have partnered with Alabama A&M University on this endeavor and is truly honored to have been selected as a recipient,” said Calvin Briggs, instructor of mathematics and director of the 2-Pi STEM program at LSCC. “This grant is a welcome compliment to the existing 2-Pi STEM program at Lawson State and will begin to create even greater recruitment and retention opportunities, especially for the underrepresented minority male students.”

The Alabama A&M University and Lawson State Community College partnership strengthens “academic support and increases retention of URM males participating in the LSCC 2-Pi STEM program by employing intrusive advising, providing peer-to-peer and peer-to-faculty engagement, and requiring students to participate in a STEM-related summer research experience, bi-weekly seminars, and supplemental instruction for STEM courses.

For more information please contact Calvin Briggs at 205.929.3533. 


This grant is supported through
the Kresge Foundation