Congressman Serrano Announces First NSF Awards Under Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) today announced the first round of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program. As lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee—which funds NSF and the HSI program—Congressman Serrano and Congressman Crowley successfully included language in the America COMPETES Act that mandated the creation of an HSI program. HSIs received $30 million in funding in FY 2018 and due to the efforts of Congressman Serrano, the House Appropriations Committee has increased funding for this program to $50 million for FY 2019. Under this round of NSF HSI grants, a total of 31 educational institutions, including two in New York City and one in Puerto Rico, received a total of $45 million in funding.
“This HSI program funding will lead to greater collaboration between the National Science Foundation and Hispanic-Serving Institutions across the nation to further invest in our Hispanic students and their education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Hispanics currently make up 16 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 6 percent pursue careers in the STEM fields. We need to make sure that every American is ready to participate, contribute, and pursue careers in these fields now and in the future. These awards will help ensure that HSIs, which have traditionally lacked funding, can educate future Hispanic scientists and engineers,” said Congressman Serrano.
Click here for more information about the NSF HSI Program: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505512&org=EHR&sel_org=EHR&from=fund
For more information about the full list of awardees, click here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode=077Y&BooleanElement=Any&BooleanRef=Any&ActiveAwards=true&#results