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Los Angeles Mission College Receives $1.3M NSF Grant to Improve Completion Rates for Biology Majors

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On August 8, 2018 Los Angeles Mission College was awarded a $1,325,260 HSI grant from the National Science Foundation, HRD-1832348, to build capacity to improve the success of Biology Majors in Mathematics.  The project seeks to increase success rates for undergraduate biology students by providing them with additional support, such as weekly workshops to help them pass college algebra and trigonometry courses, according to the project’s principal investigator, Parvaneh Mohammadian, PhD, Vice Chair of Life Sciences at L.A. Mission College.

“By making the quantitative aspects of biology more engaging and relevant via academic success workshops, we hope to increase student success and retention rates in college algebra and trigonometry,” Dr. Mohammadian said. “The academic success workshops will facilitate student peer learning designed to increase a sense of community among students.”

L.A. Mission College’s project is one of 31 new projects funded by the NSF’s “Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program”, which invests in projects that build capacity and increase retention and graduation rates for STEM students at HSIs. SFAz provided technical assistance to two of the 31 projects, through the KickStarter Program.

The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process, under National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1450661.  See also the NSF News Release and the LAMC press release.

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