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$1.4 million NSF grant awarded to Pee Dee Region researchers

on Tuesday, 14 June 2022. Posted in Local News

$1.4 million NSF grant awarded to Pee Dee Region researchers

Coker University, in partnership with Florence-Darlington Technical College, has recently received a $1.4 million grant to elevate the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at Coker and FDTC. Throughout its six-year duration, this project will fund scholarships to 48 unique full-time students who are pursuing bachelor’s degree in biology or general sciences at CU or an associate’s degree in science at FDTC. The project will feature collaborative, cross-institutional activities to boost science identity, community, STEM career awareness, and overall student success. The investigators seek to further develop scholars’ scientific identity and belonging, promote career and research experiences, and prepare scholars for careers or graduate school in STEM. The project builds on prior NSF-funded projects at both CU and FDTC and will advance understanding of the main factors that influence students’ self-efficacy and agency to complete a four-year degree in STEM. “Support of this initiative by the National Science Foundation is critical to our ability to best serve our students as well as the broader community as we work to promote greater access to higher education and to create a pipeline of well-prepared graduates for the emerging science-based industries in our region,” said Coker University Provost Susan Henderson. “The collaborative pipeline being developed between Florence-Darlington Technical College and Coker University was in response to growing evidence suggesting that students from low-income backgrounds and studying science have lower graduation rates and are less likely to find jobs in their respective fields than their peers from higher-income families,” said Rick Roberts, managing director of the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center at FDTC.

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