Jackson State gets funding to boost STEM capabilities

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University is one of five schools to get a Scientific Leadership Award.

The schools — described as minority-serving institutions — will receive up to $2.8 million across five universities in 2021, WLBT-TV reported.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate made the announcement recently.

The purpose of the award is to establish Homeland Security-STEM-related courses and provide the necessary resources for students and faculty to solve challenges.

The other schools receiving the award: Texas A&M University – Kingsville; University of the District of Columbia; Tennessee State University; and University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley.


In a story March 14, 2021, about awards to universities, The Associated Press erroneously included a quote in the story and reported the wrong amount for the total amount awarded. It should be $2.8 million across five universities, not $1 million in 2021 as part of a two-year funding effort.

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