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LU to receive $1.5 million grant from NASA

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Lincoln University as one of the eight HBCUs chosen by NASAS to receive funding through its new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority research and education opportunity grant, a Monday press release stated.

LU will receive $1.5 million over three years to train graduate and undergraduate students in data science on projects related to soil science, wildfire and climate change. NASA allotted a total of $11.7 million to these selected institutions through its Minority University Research and Education Project.

“There are not enough minority and underserved people who are using data science and artificial intelligence in the workforce,” said Sougata Bardhan, LU Assistant Professor and the project leader on this initiative, in a press release.  

The goal of NASA’s MUREP program is to increase the number of unrepresented and minority populations within the STEM workforce, according to the press release.

To compete for the DEAP funding opportunity, LU and Bardhan’s team submitted their proposal “Using Data Science to Understand Soil, Wildlife, and Social Disparity of Climate Change and Air Pollution.”

Five LU students in Ph.D. and graduate programs will be recruited for LU’s DEAP project initiative, along with a research coordinator. Dr. Bardhan reported that they will create reusable modules, certificate programs and short courses that will be administered at various levels of the university and scientific conferences throughout the country.

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