Rush Announces Chicago State University Receives STEM Grant from Department of Education
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced today that Chicago State University will receive a grant this fiscal year in the amount $600,000 to develop and establish a Center for STEM Education & Research (CSER).
The purpose of the CSER is to connect existing Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) programs, aligning them with the various STEM disciplines within the University, and providing support to student-faculty research collaborations as well as grant-funded research projects and programs. CSER will also help research faculty better prepare students for STEM challenges of the future.
Located within the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, CSU has long enjoyed the support of Rep. Rush. “I believe that promoting STEM education, as well as developing educational guidelines for institutions of all levels will help ensure that we are training individuals with the skills necessary to work in energy- and manufacturing-related jobs, including energy efficiency and conservation initiatives, from blue-collar workers, to managers and supervisors, up to and including new entrepreneurs and business creators,” said Rush.
Rush’s ongoing push for minority inclusion and participation in STEM is evident in his work in Congress. Last year, Rush introduced H.R.4526 — 21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act. The bill directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a comprehensive program to improve the education and training of workers for energy-related jobs, with emphasis on increasing the number of skilled minorities and women trained to work in STEM jobs.
The goals of the CSU Center are to:
- Increase America's Talent Pool by Improving STEM Education for Students in Grades 6–12;
- Enhance Student Awareness of and Motivation for STEM Education and Careers through Improved Information, Mentoring and Outreach; and
- Provide Resources and Professional Development to Boost Faculty Research and Proposal Writing Productivity.