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$2.6 Million in Grant Money to SMU STEM Program for Minority Students

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded Southern Methodist University (SMU) $2.6 million in grant money for their STEMPREP program, a project dedicated to enrolling more minority students interested in STEM studies.

The STEMPREP program is based at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU, and directed by professors Charles Knibb and Moses Williams.

The SMU program has a seriously impressive success rate. “One hundred percent of STEMPREP project students who finish the program attend college and 83 percent go on to graduate school to become physicians, pharmacists, dentists, researchers or engineers.”

Hopefully there are some budding entrepreneurs among their program graduates, as well. It’s amazing to see support for STEM programs here in our Dallas ecosystem!

You can read more about the STEMPREP program and its success here.

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.