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SU wins grant to encourage graduate study

By Journal Staff


SYRACUSE — A new grant will help Syracuse University (SU) provide educational opportunities for first-generation college students and groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate studies.

The grant, worth more than $231,000, is from the Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement program. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding today.

The program awards money to colleges and universities so they can prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential, according to the senators.

Schools encourage participants to enroll in graduate programs and then track their progress. The program’s goal is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn doctoral degrees, according to a news release.

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