WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement applauding the National Science Foundation (NSF) for awarding a grant totaling $349,710 to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to increase STEM education opportunities for underrepresented students in geoscience – the study of Earth This award was funded by money from the American Rescue Plan, which Senator Rosen voted for and which was signed into law earlier this year.
“Equal access to STEM education is key to the success of future generations,” said Senator Rosen. “Now more than ever, we need diversity in scientific fields, helping us to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, including the environment, our water, the minerals in the earth, and how we can both protect and utilize them to preserve and support our communities. This NSF grant awarded to UNLV will make STEM education more accessible and open countless doors for students from all backgrounds to succeed in STEM right here in Nevada.”
BACKGROUND: This project – which is now funded through 2024 – will encourage high school students including many from historically excluded groups, to become involved in the geosciences or other STEM disciplines by 1) engaging them in lesson plans developed by participating teachers to explain the local landscape and natural environment in which they live, 2) offering them opportunities to participate in geoscience research projects at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and 3) by building personal connections between students and faculty at UNLV.