Release from the office of Rep. Bennie Thompson:
CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON ANNOUNCES $2,988,707 AWARDED TO JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United States Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a First in the World Development Program grant in the amount of $2,988,707 to Jackson State University.
The First in the World Development Program is part of President Obama’s ambitious agenda to drive innovation and keep a higher education within reach for all Americans. The Department of Education awarded nearly $60 million to 17 colleges and universities.
“I am thrilled that Jackson State University (JSU) will be receiving the First in the World grant from the United States Department of Education for their Integrated STEM Experiences for ALL project. This project will work to improve both teaching and learning in STEM disciplines and transform the institutional culture at JSU to stimulate enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I am so very proud that JSU was one of only 17 institutions nationwide to receive the grant.”
“I commend JSU’s research team for their dedication to improving STEM education and their hard work on the grant application and I also commend Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Dr. Loretta Moore, and new Director of Federal Relations, LeMia Jenkins, for shepherding this application through the agency process and skillfully gaining support from our congressional delegation and other stakeholders.”