Thursday, August 19, 2004
Science Foundation Awards Lincoln $2.4 Million Grant
University, PA which is nationally recognized as a
major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees
in the physical sciences, computer and informational sciences,
biological and life sciences -- has been awarded a $2.4 million
grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will
further Lincoln's efforts to increase the number of students graduating
in science, mathematics, engineering and technology programs.
in September 2004, the University will receive $479,490 each year
for the next five years to finance Lincoln's Excellent Academic
Program in Science (LEAPS). The program's main goal is to significantly
increase the pool of minority students receiving degrees in the
sciences and mathematics. With its new funding, LEAPS intends
and prepare 48 freshmen each year as science and mathematics majors.
2. Organize a "bridge" program to introduce new students
to college math and science courses.
3. Implement advising, mentoring and counseling services for recruited
4. Provide tutoring services in science and mathematics.
5. Prepare recruits for research internships, graduate and professional
6. Offer scholarships for eligible students to attend Lincoln.
7. Organize college-credit summer courses in math and science
for 60 Philadelphia high school students.
Excellent Academic Program in Science will help new students to
eliminate their deficiencies in math and science, navigate the
college experience, help them to succeed at the University, and
prepare and encourage them for careers based in mathematics and
the sciences," Dr. John O. Chikwem, dean of Lincoln's School
of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, said.
Chikwem, several other Lincoln faculty members also wrote the
proposal for the $2.4 million grant. They are:
Saligrama SubbaRao, professor of chemistry.
Robert Langley, chair, Chemistry Department.
David Royer, chair, Biology Department.
Mazharul Huq, chair, Physics Department.
Goro Nagase, chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department.
Derrick Swinton, associate director, Environmental Science Program.
Louden, director of Lincolns Office of Research, Development,
Planning and Coordination, provided information on monitoring
and evaluation. Janis A. Walker, grant officer, facilitated the
budget preparation and justification section.
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