How to get more women in science and engineering jobs at universities and colleges
By The Associated PressAssociated PressLANSING, Mich.
(AP) The U.S. government is giving $10 million to support women in the sciences and engineering programs at Michigan’s public universities.
The $10,000 was the largest federal grant to women in higher education since President Donald Trump took office.
The money will help cover tuition and fees for women who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
Women make up about 70 percent of STEM graduates, according to the National Science Foundation, but only about 30 percent of those with bachelor’s degrees in the field.
The new funding will go toward supporting women in STEM fields at Michigan State University and at William Paterson University.
The program will include research projects, mentoring, training, technical assistance, research assistance and mentoring and mentorship for women students in the undergraduate program.
The grant will also support the first women’s group at Michigan Tech, a program that teaches women engineering and computer science, as well as support a women-owned technology company.