Medgar Evers College Awarded U.S. Department of Education Grant to Support STEM Programs

BROOKLYN – Great news for Medgar Evers College (MEC) as the United States Department of Education awards a grant totaling $750,000 to strengthen MEC’s science, technology, and mathematics programs.  The grant, covering a three year period (2013-2016), will support MEC’s goal of increasing the number of math and science graduates by raising passing rates in basic skills courses and college Algebra.  MEC is also working to increase student enrollment in Pre-Calculus and Calculus and preparing Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science and Environmental Science juniors and seniors for success in STEM careers or graduate-level studies.

Twelve colleges nationwide were awarded the competitive grants under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) — most of which also serve large minority populations.  Ten awards were made for Institutional Projects, one for a Cooperative Project and one for a Special Project.  MEC was awarded an Institutional grant.

Dr. Umesh Nagarkatte, Chair of the Mathematics department at Medgar Evers College, is the Principal Investigator for the grant.  In 2012, he also received $652,219 for another MSEIP grant for the period of 2012-2015.  This is the eighth federal grant he’s obtained for the college since 2001.  “These funds have been vital to supporting our students as they pursue careers in the STEM fields.  This will help us provide training, for faculty and students, tutoring services, support our research efforts and allow faculty and students to attend beneficial conferences across the country,” Dr. Nagarkatte stated.

MEC will receive the first $250,000 disbursement from the grant on October 1 and an additional $250,000 on October 1, 2014 and 2015.

About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit


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