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Educational Alliance Gets Grant to Help Students With Disabilities Earn STEM Degrees


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Teach a man to raise fish and grow plants and you'll help feed his family and fellow citizens for a lifetime. That's a new twist being applied to the age-old proverb at Auburn University, where researchers are combining fish farming and horticulture to help Alabama farmers find new income streams.

Credit: Wire Eagle, Auburn University

A $3 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will help the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in its efforts to prepare students with disabilities for careers in science and technology. The alliance is a collaboration involving Alabama State University, Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Tuskegee University, Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union State Community College, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, and six school districts throughout the state.

The alliance supports more than 100 students with disabilities majoring in STEM disciplines each year. The alliance will use the grant to fund peer-mentoring efforts such as Bridge to the Baccalaureate and Bridge to the Post-Baccalaureate programs, a Graduate Bridge program, and summer research internships. Several mini-grants will go toward research-based interventions at colleges and universities and for funding technology enhancements for the Alabama Science in Motion program.

"Having this collaborative effort among a variety of colleges, universities, and high schools is a major accomplishment of each institution," says Auburn provost Mary Ellen Mazey. "Each is committed to the students and to providing Alabama's high-tech industries with highly qualified graduates in science- and technology-related fields."

From Wire Eagle, Auburn University
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