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Rep. Zeldin Announces $1,349,533 STEM Education Grant for Stony Brook

September 12, 2018
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement announcing a $1,349,533 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook to research models to advance underrepresented minority STEM faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions:

“An education firmly rooted in the sciences has become essential in a 21st century economy, and providing Long Island students the opportunity to pursue the paths which lead to high paying jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields begins with supporting students of all backgrounds to pursue STEM research and teaching careers. This grant will provide our students with mentoring, professional development training, and the teaching pedagogy skills necessary to succeed in academic faculty positions. Stony Brook University has earned a world renowned reputation for technological advancement and innovation and I look forward to the success of this collaborative research.”

Stony Brook University Principal Investigator Dave Ferguson said, "The aim of the project is to build a comprehensive national model for preparing underrepresented minority doctoral students for faculty positions in predominantly undergraduate institutions. The applied research component of the project will offer insights into the mechanisms for preparing and supporting students for early faculty success in their STEM research and teaching."

Created by the U.S. Congress in 1950, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is an agency which promotes the progress of science, advances national health, prosperity, and welfare, and works to secure our national defense. This Congress, Rep. Zeldin voted in favor of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 244), which the President signed into law, providing $7.5 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and $5.3 billion for the DOE Office of Science.