$2.25m Awarded by National Science Foundation to ASU for its Bioengineering & NanoBiotechnology!

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 - ASU's grant will enhance its successful efforts with its research capabilities, STEM education and emerging technology -
- Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year $2.25 million dollar grant to Alabama State University to add in continuing its successful efforts in enhancing its research capabilities, STEM (science, technology, math & engineering) education and its emerging technology. 

The NSF funding comes from its Historically Black Colleges and Universities–Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP),said  Dr. Komal Vig, professor of Biology

"The project will have a special focus on undergraduate students providing a unique opportunity to gain multidisciplinary research knowledge and skills in bioengineering and nanobiotechnology that will span across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at ASU," Vig  said..

She said that the goal of the HBCU-UP program is to provide ASU undergraduates with a straight forward perspective of advanced graduate research, with a specific emphasis on increasing the number of well-prepared ASU students who seek to obtain a STEM-related doctoral degree and who can successfully compete and be accepted in the nation’s top STEM graduate programs. Vig said that ASU's Dr. Shree R. Singh, professor of Microbiology and director of its CNBR will serve as the project's principal investigator, while she will serve as the project's program manager and co-principal investigator.

"The ultimate goal of the program is for Alabama State University to significantly contribute to the pool of underrepresented minority students representing the next generation of scientists in America's STEM workforce, Vig said. 

The multi-million dollar ASU grant will also provide stipends for participating students along with travel funds, which will give students the opportunity to present their research at national and international professional scientific meetings and conferences. The grant funds will also provide an excellent opportunity for many high school students and teachers to engage and gain exposure in cutting edge training in bioengineering nanobiotechnology, and STEM education.

"Alabama State University's CNBR along with a team of ASU's STEM research faculty will aid in the implementation of this project," Vig added.