National science foundation awards
Since 2005, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has made three awards to Cheyney University’s Natural and Applied Sciences Department under its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). The first award of $2.5 million was made to support Cheyney’s project, Building Engagement and Attainment in Mathematics and the Sciences (BEAMS), designed to improve the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented minority groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, with particular emphasis on increasing the number of minority students who either enter the STEM workforce or proceed to graduate school in a STEM discipline.
The second was an HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion award made in 2007 for $149,768 to strengthen through Instrument-Integrated Curricula STEM Education to obtain from the American Chemical Society (ACS) approval of the Chemistry program at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
The third, and most recent award, now in its final year, was made by the Foundation in 2011 for $1.75 million to support the project, Building Excellence and Access through Research (BEAR), designed to increase minority student enrollment, retention, research training and graduation rates in STEM disciplines for workforce and/or graduate school readiness.