Montclair State University received nearly $2.5 million in federal grants from NASA and the U.S. Department of Education to bolster its efforts to serve underrepresented minority students.
New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis announced a five-year, $2.2 million Title III Department of Education grant to help institutions serve low-income and minority students. The funding will create changes to Montclair State’s student support system and make a path to a degree more efficient.
“I cannot gush enough when I see what’s happening here. When I look across the room, this is the embodiment of what is happening in post-secondary education,” Smith Ellis at Montclair University on Nov. 6.
Additionally, a professor/doctoral student research team was awarded a 3-year, $165,000 NASA Minority University Research and Education Project fellowship to study the changing climate’s negative effect on mangroves – a plant species critical to preventing hurricane damage on the shores of tropical islands. The award will be facilitated by Earth and Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Jorge Lorenzo Trueba and doctoral candidate Isamar Marie Cortés, who is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science and Management as part of Montclair State’s College of Science and Mathematics.