GPC Shares $4.9 Million NSF "PSLSAMP" Grant with Six USG Institutions

09/09/2011
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The National Science Foundation has renewed a five-year, $4.9 million Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant that Georgia Perimeter College shares with six other University System of Georgia institutions. 

The NSF’s Peach State LSAMP grant supports special programs and initiatives to increase the number of minority students graduating from college with Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) degrees. Currently, there is a shortage of minority students enrolled in majors geared towards STEM degrees: engineering, computer science, biology, math, chemistry physics and geology. LSAMP is a joint effort to reverse this trend. 

This new grant includes two new LSAMP participants—Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University—who join the five colleges who were 2005 participants: Fort Valley State University, Savannah State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, the University of Georgia and Georgia Perimeter. All LSAMP partners collaborate on projects, presentations and instruction that prepare African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented minorities for careers in STEM-related fields. 

“By working with students from other institutions, GPC students realize they’re competitive with the best in the state,” said Margaret Major, GPC associate professor of biology and director of the college’s LSAMP program. Major said that working closely with partner colleges also guarantees a consistent academic standard across institutions.
The LSAMP grant marks the third STEM-related grant Georgia Perimeter has received this year.

Earlier, GPC was awarded a one-year $310,000 grant from the University System of Georgia. The USG grant helps fund GPC’s Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement club and also provides mini-grants that instructors can use to fund special classroom projects. This grant also allows GPC to hire an executive-level administrator to coordinate all the college’s STEM initiatives. 

GPC also announced a five-year $598,000 Educate and Nurture Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math grant from the National Science Foundation. This ENLISTEM grant provides scholarships for gifted students who are seeking to earn a degree in STEM-related majors. 

“Peach State LSAMP allows GPC and our partner colleges to further diversify the national need for qualified professionals with STEM-related degrees,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. “By providing the resources that enable students from underrepresented groups to become successful in the areas of science and technology, LSAMP insures that interest in these fields can grow in all of our communities. 

“As the leading transfer institution in the state, the LSAMP partnership also means GPC students get early exposure to the college they will transfer to and the students they will study with once they transfer to complete their bachelor’s degree,” Tricoli adds. “LSAMP continues to be a great service to our students and our communities and we look forward to another exciting five years with this grant and the extremely beneficial partnership it provides.”

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 26,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.