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Philander Smith College Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Expand Students’ Interests in STEM Careers

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 16, 2012) --- Philander Smith College’s Division of Natural and Physical Sciences received a $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s  Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program. The program aims to increase the number of minorities graduating from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) with degrees centered on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Philander Smith College received the first phase of this project’s funding in 2006 with an allocated amount of $3 million. That funding phase expires in February 2013. The second phase of the project’s $1.75 million grant extends from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2017. 

PROGRAM STAFF

Frank A. James, Ph.D. 
Principal Investigator 
501.370.5276 - Office 
fjames@philander.edu 

Cynthia D. Burroughs, Ph.D.
Co-principal Investigator  
501.370.5337 - Office 
cburroughs@philander.edu

Samar Swaid, Ph.D.
Co-principal Investigator 
501.370.5335 - Office 
sswaid@philander.edu

Tia L. Hickman
Program Manager 
501.975.8549 - Office 
chickman@philander.edu

Organizational Chart (2012-2017)



Tia Hickman

HBCU-Up Project Manager

Office - (501) 975-8549

Fax - (501) 370-5399

email: chickman@philander.edu
Tia Hickman

HBCU-Up Project Manager

Office - (501) 975-8549

Fax - (501) 370-5399

email: chickman@philander.edu


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