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Grant to help launch program for TAMUK engineering and science minority students

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville will soon have a new program for minority students studying engineering and science thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Education.

Dr. Hua Li, associate professor and industrial engineering graduate coordinator, and his team will receive $749,196 for the proposed project “Research, Education and Financial Literacy Excellence for Minority-focused Engagement” or REFLEX-ME.

The award summary states the program will focus on improving student learning outcomes, educational benefits, and awareness and knowledge of financial literacy and professional development for Texas A&M University-Kingsville engineering and science minority students, especially women.

Li said the project will enhance capstone design experiences for senior students who will introduce their experiences to freshman students. The program will also create summer research internships for Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and community college students. 

The goals of REFLEX-ME are to increase the students’ interests and performance in STEM curricula and preparedness for future careers through streamlined education, according to the award summary. 

The program is expected to directly impact more than 1,440 students over three years.

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