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$5.8 million grant awarded to CSUF for STEM education

Cal State Fullerton was the recipient of a five-year $5.8 million grant last month from the U.S. Department of Education for the implementation of an initiative aimed at increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income transfer students who complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In response to the grant, CSUF has announced a partnership with eight regional community colleges: Citrus, Cypress, Fullerton, Golden West, Mt. San Antonio, Orange Coast, Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon.

The new program is titled Project RAISE, or “Regional Alliance in STEM Education: Raising the Bar in Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates.”

Co-directing the new project are Mark S. Filowitz, associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and interim associate vice president for academic operations; Susamma Barua, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Maria V. Dela Cruz, (STEM)² program project director.

First-year grant funding is set at $1.2 million.

CSUF was labeled as a Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Education. The designation is given to institutions with at least a 25 percent Latino student population, in which half of those students are at or below the poverty level.

CSUF has a Hispanic student population of more than 40 percent.

Art professor honored

Lawrence T. Yun, professor of art, recently received the Best of Show honor at the 2016 Perception and Vision Exhibition and Symposium for his watercolor painting “Greenhouse Laboratory (Cattleya Orchid).”

The exhibition took place in China’s Guizhou Province and was organized by the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association of USA, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and Guizhou Minzu University.

CSUF recognized for sustainability efforts

CSUF was among five California State University campuses recognized by Sierra Magazine as one of the most environmentally sustainable higher education institutions in the nation.

Over the past 30 years, CSUF has introduced lighting upgrades, green building construction, installation of solar panels, charging stations for electric vehicles, drought-tolerant plants and bioswales to retain rainwater, among other efforts.

The Sierra article included 201 schools; CSUF was listed at No. 117.

Sierra Magazine publishes articles, photos, art and videos relating to green living and protecting the natural world.

–Angie Marcos

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