Mississippi: Statewide effort to boost STEM education

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Four universities are taking innovative approaches to building STEM skills among the state's diverse population.

Mississippi State University is launching a three-year partnership between four of its academic departments and local middle schools. Representatives from the university's College of Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Research and Curriculum Unit plan to encourage middle schoolers to select high school courses and career paths in STEM.

The University of Mississippi's Innovations in STEM Education program supports scholarships, scientific literacy, and facilities for STEM teaching and learning. Jackson State University partners with the U.S. Army, Hinds Community College, and local K-12 schools to create a pipeline of graduates with science and math skills. And the University of Southern Mississippi is involved with several programs that encourage STEM skills, including the  Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal/Hattiesburg American, 11/30).

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