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UWM receives nearly $1M grant to increase diversity in faculty and doctoral students in sciences

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded UWM a $980,000 grant
Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 12:23:56-05

MILWAUKEE — The Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee a $980,000 Shaw Scientist grant to increase the diversity of faculty members and doctoral students in sciences.

“This gift exemplifies the long-standing partnership between UWM and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation,” UWM Chancellor Mark Mone said. “We share a vision for engaging in activities that have broad community benefit. I am deeply grateful for their steadfast support of scholarships, research and teaching at UWM. Like our previous Shaw Scientist Awards, this grant will allow us to attract and retain promising faculty and graduate students who strengthen our research efforts, create new knowledge and solve societal issues.”

Five-hundred thousand dollars of the grant will go towards recruitment and provide research for an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences whose research focuses on neuroscience.

The remainder of the grant, $480,000, will go towards stipends for doctoral students who must complete research for their degrees.

“We are incredibly grateful for this gift, which will benefit first-generation college students and students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate biological sciences programs,” said Scott Gronert, dean of the College of Letters & Science.

This comes as UWM plans for a new bachelor's degree in neuroscience to start in the
fall semester of 2021.

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