July 12, 2019 Media, Press Releases

Norcross Announces More Than $500K for STEM Research in South Jersey

July 12, 2019

Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $503,399 for STEM research at Rowan University and the Spreadsheet Lab Manual in South Jersey.

“These grants will help advance cutting-edge projects in South Jersey and help ensure students and teachers are ready for the demands of the 21st century economy,” said Congressman Norcross, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. “As our hometown researchers work to find cures for diseases and our local teachers gain new tools for the classroom, South Jersey will be able to continue innovating and thriving.”

“The National Science Foundation funds research that has the potential to strongly impact science, engineering, medicine and other disciplines,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “NSF’s support reflects the value it places on the work our researchers are doing in areas that include health care, the environment and other important fields.”

“Our students and teachers need to be fully equipped with the tools they need to succeed,” said the Spreadsheet Lab Manual’s founder, Michael McConnell. “Research shows that high school students who learn to work with spreadsheets are better prepared for college and their future careers. Unfortunately, high quality resources and training are not commercially available for teachers to learn computational modeling on spreadsheets. This funding will ensure that teachers in New Jersey’s First District can access resources for this fundamental and necessary part of their students’ STEM education.”

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