August 24, 2012

Udall Announces $1.2 Million for STEM Education at Northern New Mexico Colleges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced the National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees throughout colleges in underserved communities in northern New Mexico. 

"For years, our state has led the way in science and technology thanks to educational institutions like New Mexico Tech," Udall said. "This grant will make it possible for additional colleges to produce a new generation of New Mexicans in these fields, and I have no doubt our students will achieve great things as a result."

Led by New Mexico Tech, the grant will help improve students' ability to transfer credits into baccalaureate programs, increase graduation rates and provide additional STEM research opportunities. The project is expected to serve more than 600 students.

Over the five-year grant period, the project aims to double the number of STEM Associate of Science degrees at the 2-year colleges and triple the number of transfers to New Mexico Tech and Northern New Mexico College.

The project includes a consortium of six New Mexico colleges with less than 3,000 students each and located in rural areas with large Hispanic, Native American, low-income and first-generation college student enrollments. This includes four community colleges in rural northern New Mexico, such as Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, which is currently transitioning to become a four-year institution.

The awarded project is called "The New Mexico STEM Transfer Coalition: Improving the Success and MatriculationRates of Two-Year College STEM Students from Small, Minority-Serving Colleges in Northern New Mexico."