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Department of Education Announces Grants to Promote STEM Education



By Catherine Groux
Posted November 16, 2011 09:35 AM

The Department of Education recently announced the winners of its grant program.
The Department of Education recently announced the winners of its grant program.
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the 23 winners of its Investing in Innovation grants, according to a press release. These organizations and schools will be given a total of $150 million, assuming they can secure matching private funds for their projects by December 9th.

Among this year's winners, which were chosen from a pool of almost 600 applicants, are Berea College, Temple University, Texas Tech University, University of Minnesota and The College Board. In order to be selected for the grant, each institution had to submit proposals that focused on one of five "absolute priorities." Of these priorities, two focused on promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Bolstering STEM education and graduating more individuals with bachelor's and master's degrees in STEM subjects has become a priority for many organizations and political leaders. For example, in September 2010, President Barack Obama stated that in order for the U.S. to continue to prosper, it must ensure that all students can think critically in STEM subjects, according to a White House press release. Additionally, the president stated that the nation must focus on promoting STEM education to women and minorities, who are currently underrepresented in these fields.

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