NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded 40 American graduate and undergraduate students fellowships and scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The awards are meant to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math subjects and to strengthen the future STEM workforce, according to a statement released Dec. 5 by NASA.
“Currently, minorities make up a disproportionately small percentage of graduates entering STEM fields,” the announcement said. “MUREP strives to ensure that underrepresented and underserved students participate in NASA education and research projects, which stimulates increasing numbers of them to continue their higher education and earn advanced degrees.”
Recipients come from universities as far west as the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and as east as the University of Maryland, College Park.
The Harriet G. Jenkins Fellowship supports the development of minorities in STEM areas through post-graduate education. Established in 2000, the fellowship is dedicated to Jenkins, an assistant administrator for equal opportunity programs who worked at NASA from 1974 to 1992.
The fellowship will provide as much as $45,000 annually for as long as three years and includes tuition offset, a stipend and experience at a NASA research center.
The 10 undergraduates who won the MUREP scholarship will receive as much as $9,000 in academic stipend and will go to a 10-week internship at a NASA center.