Several Vermont higher education institutions have recently received significant research and scholarship grants from the National Science Foundation. Within the last several weeks, four different institutions have announced the awards of grants, some in the millions of dollars.
Norwich University recently announced the award of a $3.58M grant for cybersecurity scholarships. This five-year grant is for students majoring in computer security and information assurance who have also committed to working for the federal government after graduation. St. Michael’s College will be using a $1M NSF grant to train more mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists. The grant is the largest in the college’s history.
While the Norwich University and St. Michael’s College grants are for scholarships, Castleton University and the University of Vermont received grants for research. Castleton’s grant of $300K funds research focused on bacteria which have the ability to directly sense their environment and change their behavior according to their surroundings.
UVM’s grant funds a program to help improve the retention of students studying in the STEM fields–science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This $300K grant is geared toward helping first- and second-year students succeed in foundational courses that prepare them for later, more advanced coursework. The innovative program also incorporates a hands-on, “fab lab” course in partnership with local makerspace the Generator.