The University of Nebraska at Omaha, a member of Bio Nebraska, will receive a $1.1 million federal grant from the National Science Foundation that will support STEM learning in the Omaha community by preparing future teachers in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and physics.
Announcement from U.S. Representative Don Bacon (R-Neb.) and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
U.S. Representative Don Bacon (R-Neb.) and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today announced that the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will receive a $1.1 million federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The merit-based grant will support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the Omaha community to prepare future teachers in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and physics.
“Our world is advancing quickly, and STEM education is vital to our next generation, our national security, and America’s place in the world. Grants like these help our local universities build research competitiveness and create the next generation of scientists, educators, and leaders. I commend UNO for winning this grant and keeping up the good fight in improving our state’s academics and future workforce,” said Rep. Don Bacon.
“Expanding access to STEM learning helps the next generation of Nebraskans pursue careers in science, medicine, information technology, and other high-tech fields. This NSF grant will benefit the Omaha community – with a focus on fostering partnerships among UNO and local schools to equip teachers and students with the knowledge needed to face tomorrow’s challenges,” said Senator Fischer.
“This award is a remarkable honor that aims to improve human potential through lifelong learning and expansive work through the STEM workforce in Nebraska. This partnership will afford UNO the opportunity to meet demand for its programming that supports P-12 teachers, entrepreneurs, informal educators, and community partners. As Nebraska’s metropolitan university, UNO is uniquely positioned to drive economic growth and quality of life across the Omaha area. We at UNO look forward to continued engagement with our elected leaders throughout this important process for our state’s future,” said Joanne Li, Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha will receive a grant total of $1,119,013.
The National Science Foundation provided the grant, which addresses the need for attracting, training, and retaining highly effective elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers in high-need school districts. The NSF supports research, innovation, and discovery that drive economic growth in the United States.