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Grant Received For Support and Encouragement of Next Generation of STEM
November 30, 2017

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has been awarded a $200,000 grant by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) through the Battelle AEOP Consortium in expanding access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration and learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The grant will be used to promote three AEOP programs, eCYBERMISSION, UNITE and GEMS. These AEOP programs engage, inspire and attract the next generation of STEM talent putting emphasis on underrepresented populations.

On the heels of accepting the grant, SWE has announced a $25,000 microgrant opportunity for SWE Members and SWE Educator Members to apply to receive funding to support student teams to work in in the eCYBERMISSION program. The program is a web-based STEM competition for students in 6-9 grade that allows teams to solve real problems in their community. All teams must register by December 13, 2017 and submit their entry before the competition deadline of February 28, 2018.

This is the second year SWE has partnered with AEOP for the grant initiative, but the first time offering the microgrant. To accomplish support of AEOP programs, SWE will engage its national network of 400+ professional and collegiate sections and over 50 K-12 clubs to leverage recruitment for these targeted programs at annual and local conferences.

SWE and the other partners selected for the grant were chosen specifically for their leadership in STEM learning and outreach to African-American, Hispanic, female, low-income and military-connected students. “The Army is committed to contributing to a technically skilled and capable workforce. Working with like-minded partners and networks, we have the potential to do this more effectively, leverage one another’s strengths and reach a far broader and more diverse audience,” Dr. Matt Willis, Director of Laboratory Management, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research & Technology, said.

AEOP offers students, from elementary school through undergraduate education, and educators collaborative, high-quality, Army-sponsored programs that engage, inspire and attract the next generation of STEM talent. Through AEOP’s suite of programs, students representing all proficiency levels and ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds participate in real-world experiences involving STEM disciplines. Army civilian scientists and engineers serve as mentors and guides, bringing young people directly into Army laboratories and introducing them to the various opportunities in STEM fields through hands-on experiences.

To apply for SWE’s microgrant opportunity, visit SWE’s Application Portal.

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