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Saturday, November 17, 2018

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UH receives STEM grants for $1.2 million


With a growing need in STEM fields, UH students will now have more scholarship opportunities after two departments received $1.2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation.

The foundation awarded this money to support technology and computer science students and improve education opportunities.

Xiaojing Yuan, associate professor of engineering technology, and Rakesh Verma, professor of computer science, are the main recipients of the funding.

Yuan’s $639,895 grant will provide 40 scholarships over the next five years for students studying computer, mechanical and electrical power engineering technology.

Verma’s $583,597 grant will serve 15 computer science students over three years with workshops, seminars and field trips.

The goal of these programs is to strengthen STEM programs, increase critical thinking and create deeper interactions with faculty and local industry.

“Ultimately, it’s about thinking skills,” Verma said in a news release. “The goal of education should be to improve thinking.”

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