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Federal funding from grants allows universities to conduct research and develop student programs that might not otherwise be possible. Recently, St. Edward’s University was awarded more than $4 million in federal grant money. In addition to other grants held by the university, here’s how the latest funding is impacting students in big ways:

Supporting New Teachers

Amount: $294,000 through August 2017 from the National Science Foundation

What the money does: Supports early-career STEM teachers through monthly strategy sessions and provides research on how induction programs helps new teachers develop

“The grant helps us meet a critical goal of teaching STEM to students in underserved communities by supporting new teachers and building STEM leaders,” says Steve Fletcher, associate professor of Secondary Education and director of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which the grant supports.

Helping Science Students Succeed

Amount: $1.6 million through 2020 from the National Science Foundation

What the money does: Gives freshmen in the science Living Learning Community a boost by providing a pre-college, three-day bridge program, as well as summer research opportunities

“The award will support students as they complete their degrees by enriching their portfolios through summer research that reinforces what they learn in class,” says Richard Kopec, professor of Computer Science.

Educating All Students

Amount: $2.1 million through June 2020 from the Department of Education

What the money does: Provides scholarships for 35 freshmen who show that migrant or seasonal farm work is their family’s primary source of income

“Grants allow us to provide services without worrying how we’re going to pay for them and where the money is coming from,” says Esther Yacono, director of the College Assistant Migrant Program. 

Creating Agricultural Scientists

Amount: $275,000 through 2019 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

What the money does: Provide 28 students from St. Edward’s University and Austin Community College and 90 pre-college students from East Austin College Prep with research opportunities and professional development mentorship through an Agricultural-STEM program

“Students who go through the Agricultural-STEM pipeline will have a competitive edge as they apply to graduate programs,” says Fidelma O’Leary, associate professor of Biology.

By Erica Quiroz

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