Sonja Alexander

Headquarters, Washington, DC

(Phone: 202/358-1761)

RELEASE: 00-20

The NASA Office of Equal Opportunity Programs has awarded 20 educational research grants and
cooperative agreements totaling more than $2.9 million to 18 minority institutions.

Three awards were made under the Partnership Awards for the Integration of Research into
Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology (PAIR) program. Six awards were made under the

Mathematics, Science and Technology Awards for Teacher and
Curriculum Enhancement Program (MASTAP). Eleven grants were
awarded under the Pre-college Awards for Excellence in
Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology (PACE/MSET)
program.

The PAIR awards provide opportunities for minority colleges and universities to build upon their
NASA-sponsored research
across disciplines by creating innovative approaches to the
interdisciplinary study of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.

Each university will receive up to $300,000 per year for a maximum of four years based on
performance and availability of
funds under the program.

The three universities selected to receive PAIR awards are:

California State University, Northridge

Norfolk State University, VA

South Carolina State University, Orangeburg

The MASTAP awards provide opportunities for minority colleges and universities to strengthen
their teacher education programs by developing diverse and exemplary research-based mathematics,

science, and technology teacher-education curricula, integrated with content from NASA’s mission.
Another purpose of these awards is to serve as models for other colleges and universities.

Each MASTAP award recipient will receive up to $200,000 per year for a maximum of three years
based on performance and
availability of funds under the program. The six universities
selected to receive MASTAP grants are:

California State University, Los Angeles

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

Norfolk State University, VA

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

University of Texas, Brownsville

University of Texas, El Paso

The PACE grants provide opportunities for minority colleges and universities to implement
innovative projects in collaboration with NASA and local school districts to increase the pool of
undergraduate students pursuing degrees in mathematics, science, engineering and technology. This
is accomplished by providing
students in grades K-12 with educational opportunities that will enhance the number and percentage
of students enrolled in
mathematics and science college-preparatory courses.

Each university will receive up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of three years based on
performance and availability of funds under the program.

The 11 universities selected to receive PACE grants are:

California State University, Los Angeles

City University of New York-Medgar Evers College, NY

Fayetteville State University, NC

Hampton University, VA

Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla

Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena

Paine College, Augusta, GA

Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Salish Kootenai College & The Nez Perce Nation, Pablo, MT

Shaw University, Raleigh, NC

University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Princess Anne

Additional details on these awards can be found on the
Internet:

http://mured.alliedtech.com

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