NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded a grant of more than $400,000 to the Future Aerospace-Engineers and Mathematicians Academy (FAMA) project, a collaborative effort between the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD), and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (Centro).
The FAMA project aims to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines, including women and minority groups.
“This opportunity builds on the Little Engineers program that we have been running in partnership with Centro for the past three years; we have served over 150 students and learned that San Marcos kids are eager learners and leave our camp seeing themselves as future engineers,” said Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. “We are thankful to NASA for this funding and plan to reach ten times as many students to encourage and further develop their innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
NSF-TX State STEM Rising Stars Grants awarded to six Texas State student organizations to support their outreach and membership development activities. The organizations funded for the Spring-Summer award period are Society of Women Engineers, Construction Student Association, Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, National Society of Black Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and Society of Physic Students.
Texas State University has received from NASA a five-year, $15 million grant award – the largest ever received by the University – to implement the NASA STEM Education Constellation, a unique program that will provide professional development based on NASA-related science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content to over 400,000 educators across the nation. As she announced the award at the University Convocation on August 22, 2014, Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth said, “Clearly, a $15 million grant is a big deal and it demonstrates the innovation and energy our people have in the pursuit of excellence.”