INDIANAPOLIS - The National Science Foundation has chosen IUPUI to be one of three universities aligned with a new urban STEM collaborator project. IUPUI, the University of Memphis and the University of Colorado Denver will share a $5 million award, including $3M in scholarships for the Urban S-STEM Collaboratory project. 

The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI will receive $1.7 million to allow administrators and faculty to work together with colleagues at each school to provide support for approximately 150 engineering and design math science majors. One of the goals of the project is to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of financially disadvantaged undergraduate engineering and math science majors. 

"This collaboration recognizes the strength of the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI and its ability to provide the marketplace with well-qualified graduates in high-demand STEM areas," said David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. "Urban universities' diverse student populations will benefit from this project."

Knowledge generated at the Collaboratory will allow STEM educators to explore how to better support a diverse set of students in an urban setting, and how to integrate their development of a 'STEM identity', which is a main reason researchers say students drop out of STEM majors and careers. The project will pay particular attention to the impact on first-generation and marginalized students. Learn more about the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by clicking here