The Latest Big Push to Keep College STEM Students on Track

HHMI has announced the launch of a new, $60 million science education initiative designed to keep a diverse student body in school on the STEM track. And it's put out an open invite to colleges that want in.
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Where Chevron is Sending its Latest $30M in STEM Funding

Chevron has committed $30 million in additional support for STEM education programs, for a total of $130 million since 2011. The oil and gas company is expanding funding for the handful of national programs it supports, for their work on reform and standards, professional development for teachers, and hands-on learning.

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Why Sloan Narrowed its Focus in Supporting Minority Grad Students

The Sloan Foundation has been supporting minority Ph.D. students in STEM fields since the 1990s, but last year shifted its strategy, going all in with funding at a smaller number of universities. The funder just announced two new University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring, bringing the total to five centers funded at nearly $5 million.

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Can Funding Makerspaces Make STEM Cool?

Part of the difficulty of getting kids into science, tech, engineering and math is the stuffy lab coat image, the idea that it’s just for the nerds or the smartest kids. What if you could replace that image with the maker culture’s DIY, mad scientist ethos, complete with robots and tesla coils? At least one prominent IT company’s philanthropy arm wants to give it shot.

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Noyce Foundation is After the Sparks that Ignite a Lifetime of Passion for Science

For everyone working in science, it seems, there was some formative experience in youth that triggered a life of interest in STEM. For the Noyce Foundation—the Calfornia-based funder honoring the Intel co-founder—figuring out the origins of these influences that tip a child toward science is worth millions in research on how formal and informal education engages young people. 

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Launches Nearly $90 Million in STEM Grants

In its latest move to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has put nearly $90 million up for grabs for colleges and universities interested in laying the groundwork for the next generation — and the generation after that — of scientists.

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How the Research Corporation for Science Advancement Puts the Science Back in Science Education

When the Research Corporation for Science Advancement decided in 1994 to launch its Cottrell Scholar Awards program, the goal was to unite the research and teaching functions that had grown so disconnected at Ph.D.-granting institutions. The program has now taken on a life of its own.

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Can the W.M. Keck Foundation Level the Playing Field for STEM Education?

The Keck Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to support the Summer Math and Science Honors program, otherwise known as SMASH. The program searches for high-achieving students from low-income households in the Los Angeles area. These kids join the program for three years, spending five weeks each summer studying a STEM subject in a college setting while living in dorms at UCLA or the University of Southern California.

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