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UMES awarded grant from Nat’l Science Foundation

WASHINGTON — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been awarded a $500,000 grant from National Science Foundation to help prepare students for science jobs.

The grant was announced by Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin on Wednesday. It will be used to help high school students complete undergraduate and advanced degree programs in order to prepare them for careers in geosciences.

The money will fund a program at the university that will include presentations to high school juniors and seniors about opportunities in geosciences, and careers in marine biology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences and remote sensing. It will also pay for a six-week summer geoscience program for 13 high school seniors entering college that will expose them to the skills needed to succeed in the field.