Texas Tech receives first grant as Hispanic-serving institution

Texas Tech receives first grant as Hispanic-serving institution

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From Texas Tech University:

In a fortuitous merging of two of Texas Tech University’s highest priorities, its commitment to diversity is now benefiting its commitment to undergraduate research.

In May, Texas Tech University Achieved official designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). from the U.S. Department of Education, making it eligible for up to $10 million in additional funding to support the enhancement of educational opportunities for all students. The university has now received its first such grant.

The HSI Education Grants program, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), has given Texas Tech a four-year, $274,281 grant to support the university’s interdisciplinary Program in Inquiry and Investigation (Pi2).

“It is not a coincidence that diversity and undergraduate research have been emphasized at both the university level and within our proposal, since both have demonstrably positive impacts on the educational experience,” Matthew Barnes, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management and one of the investigators on the grant said. “Diversity benefits research and the classroom by increasing the number of perspectives, sets of skills and potential creativity used to address encountered questions and challenges. Likewise, undergraduate research challenges students to develop skills – especially critical thinking – in a direct way that can be hard to achieve through classroom instruction alone.”

 

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