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Simons Foundation Donates $5.7M To Spelman College

October 2022

STEMLast week, Spelman College and the Simons Foundation announced a $5.7 million grant to Spelman to support faculty in science and mathematics. The grant will provide reduced teaching loads for 10 STEM faculty members, allowing them to increase the time spent conducting research and providing research opportunities to their students. "Thank you to the Simons Foundation for your generous support which will help our science and mathematics faculty strike a more optimal balance between their teaching responsibilities and research goals," said Helene Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., president of Spelman College. "As the #1 producer of Black women with PhDs in STEM, this is a gift that will keep on giving through the enrichment of our students’ STEM studies experience," said Gayle. The Simons Foundation grant will provide up to three years of support to faculty members – 7 junior and 3 senior faculty. The mix of junior and senior faculty will provide junior faculty with intellectual thought partners and opportunities for collaboration and mentorship within the college. Spelman students will be able to participate in research projects during the academic year, to further advance their success in STEM fields and graduate study. Read the full press release on the Spelman’s News and Events page.