The U.S. Department of the Navy awarded IU a $1.66 million, five-year grant to develop an innovative [STEM] education model to train diverse STEM researchers. The model is intended to increase the number of minority students interested in and prepared to successfully pursue careers in these industries. The Department of the Navy selected to award IU the grant in part because IU had already successfully developed a STEM initiative with 12 historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, according to the release. The STEM initiative increased the number of African American students interested in and prepared to successfully enter graduate degree programs within STEM fields.
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