Cal State San Bernardino has receive a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
The money will be used to help students with language barriers who are studying science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) at the university, according to a statement on the university’s website.
The NSF grant is intended for Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSI) such as Cal State Bernardino to improve undergraduate STEM education. STEM students must learn a new language to complete their studies, which sometimes makes it difficult to retain students in those fields.
“I want to break down barriers to entry for the Hispanic and Latino community in the STEM fields,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, who helped secure the grant. “The HSI project will create a space that will help diversify the STEM fields.”