ECSU Faculty Receive Grants to Advance STEM Education

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The National Science Foundation has awarded faculty at Elizabeth City State University more than $745,000 in grant funding to enhance STEM education at the university.

The principal investigators for these grants include Dr. Ali Khan and Dr. Gloria Payne.  Under their leadership, ECSU will continue working collaboratively to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields. 

Dr. Ali Khan, Professor of Natural Sciences, was awarded $395,365 from the University of Virginia for ECSU’s participation in the National Science Foundation for a project titled “The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).”  This initiative will strengthen and encourage recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

Dr. Khan will provide oversight of student and faculty mentor recruitment, as well as summer boot camp activities.  In addition, ECSU will utilize the Upward Bound and the North Carolina Mathematics & Science Education Network (MSEN) program to recruit high school students.  ECSU faculty on the project include Dr. Gloria Payne, Department of Natural Sciences.

 Dr. Gloria Payne, professor and chair for the Department of Natural Sciences, was awarded $350,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “The Vikings Enhancing STEM Innovation and Collaboration (VESTEMic) Model.”  The goal of this project is to address a national need to increase the number of students pursuing STEM degrees and the quality of their preparation. 

This project aims to increase the number of students pursuing STEM degrees, enhance the quality of their preparation, and increase access to graduate education and the workforce.  A proposed STEM Innovation Lab will serve as a hub in the northeastern regions of the state for the development of creative approaches to learning STEM concepts.  ECSU faculty on the project include Dr. Kenneth Jones, Department of Natural Sciences and Dr. Ali Kahn, Department of Natural Sciences.

Elizabeth City State University is a constituent university in the University of North Carolina system, 28 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs.