Howard University and George Washington-Led Team Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Bring STEM Inclusivity to Atlanta, GA.
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The Graduate School envisions a future that will significantly expand the University's global research outreach in all major disciplines. Its STEM outreach includes assisting other HBCUs in joining a National Innovation Network of academic institutions who are accessing and creating new STEM education programs through expanded research and technologies. The following article is an example of such initiatives.
With a $30,000 NSF grant, Howard University and George Washington University are leading a team to bring STEM inclusivity to the Atlanta University Center and to bring the center into the National Innovation Network. The team is led by PI, HU I-Corps Site and Director of Innovation, Graduate School, Grant Warner, Ph.D.; and Jim Chung, Co-PI, DC I-Corps Regional Node and Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, George Washington University.
The grant will further the team's efforts to engage differently-abled individuals, minorities, and women in inclusive entrepreneurship. The team's goal is to diversify STEM programs, with a primary focus to provide I-Corps methodology training to Atlanta University Center (ACU) faculty to support its acceleration and expansion of entrepreneurship activities.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the nation's capital, the states of Maryland and Virginia, and the mid-Atlantic region. The program is jointly run by the University of Maryland College Park, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University.
"With our experience and successes in inclusive innovation, lean startup methodology, I-Corps training, and strategic design thinking, we are honored to be able further our efforts in the Atlanta, Ga. region," says Grant Warner, PI, HU I-Corps Site and Director of Innovation, Graduate School. "Our overall goal of the NSF grant is to further integrate the Atlanta University Center into the larger network of national innovators. Long term, we want to ensure that people of color, people with disabilities, and other minorities across the country and globe are able to access STEM education, establish and grow their innovations, and build companies around their research and technologies."
"When we, as a community of scientists, technologists, mathematicians, and researchers, are challenged with solving constantly evolving problems, we need to ensure that we are including everyone in that equation. We continue to be proud supporters and partners of the inclusive innovation mission Grant and his team at Howard University are launching beyond the Washington, DC region," states Chung.
The Howard-led site at ACU was among eight sites selected to receive $30,000 in supplemental awards from the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) funding to pilot novel approaches and partnerships that promote inclusive entrepreneurship through I-Corps, according to an NSF press release.
For additional information about the NSF award, visit www.nsf.gov. To learn more about the DC I-Corps program, visit www.dcicorps.org or contact Grant Warner, PI, HU I-Corps Site, Howard University, g_warner@Howard.edu.
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