JSU to receive $3.9 million for a Dept. of Defense Center of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Principal investigator and center director Paul B. Tchounwou currently serves as associate dean and presidential distinguished professor in JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University has been awarded $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a Center of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CESTEME) at the university, making it one of only three minority-serving institutions selected for this prestigious award.

Through a four-year grant, JSU will partner with the Jackson Public Schools District and Hinds Community College to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at the respective institutions. The schools will recruit, train and mentor K-12 and university students in STEM disciplines critical to the Department of Defense and national security.

“The program is designed to develop the technical workforce needed to meet the future demand in human resources and to sustain America’s leadership in the global economy,” said Paul B. Tchounwou, principal investigator and center director. “Its overarching goal is to address the nation’s and the Defense Department’s needs for a skilled and globally competitive STEM workforce.”

The center will provide outstanding opportunities to Department of Defense fellows in kindergarten through the 12th grade and college scholars to develop an understanding of the basic principles, concepts, theories and skills in STEM education. Students will fully participate in lectures and enrichment activities and engage in multi- and interdisciplinary research in relevant STEM areas.

As one of three minority-serving institutions to receive the grant, Jackson State aims to help change the culture of STEM education for minority students, from individual immersion in a particular discipline to a multifaceted experience involving multidisciplinary education and research teams that will prepare them for STEM careers.

“In collaboration with Jackson Public Schools and Hinds Community College, this award will strengthen our K-16 strategic direction in training the next cadre of STEM scientists for the 21st century,” said Felix A. Okojie, JSU’s vice president for research and federal relations.

The four-year grant also provides a strong platform for consolidating the ongoing partnerships between JSU, Jackson Public Schools and Hinds.

“It is an excellent opportunity to streamline our 2×2 programs with Hinds Community College and to sustain our collaborative relationship with Jackson Public Schools,” said Quinton L. Williams, JSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “JSU looks forward to assisting Jackson’s schools and Hinds Community College in their professional/faculty development programs, facilitating students’ transition to JSU, and helping Hinds graduates to enroll in our baccalaureate degree programs.”

The project’s co-principal investigators include Wilbur Walters, associate superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, and Theresa Hamilton, vice president of the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus.

“I also express my sincere gratitude to Abdul K. Mohamed, dean emeritus of JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), and to all my colleagues in CSET and JSU for their valuable input during the proposal writing process,” Tchounwou said. “This is a major milestone in our collective efforts to move our STEM programs to the highest level of excellence.”

Tchounwou currently serves as associate dean and presidential distinguished professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. He is also the director of the RCMI-Center for Environmental Health funded by the National Institutes of Health. He can be contacted at paul.b.tchounwou@jsums.edu.

Photo of Paul B. Tchounwou: http://www.jsums.edu/announcements/ptchounwou.jpg

16 thoughts on “JSU to receive $3.9 million for a Dept. of Defense Center of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  1. Right here is the perfect web site for anyone whho really wants to understand this topic.
    You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject tat has been discussed for years.
    Wonderrful stuff, just excellent!

  2. Dr. Tchounwou Congratulations on your recent award to train future scientists. I hope that you will be able to work with the teachers of these students as well. Thanks for all the work you do.

  3. Congratulations on the funding of the Center of Excellence! This is good news for the University and schools in the surrounding area.

  4. Dr. Tchounwou and Collaboraters,
    This is such wonderful news!! I know that perseverance and dedication played major roles in this achievement. Your hard work is really appreciated! Jackson State University continues to move forward.

  5. Dear Dr. Paul Tchounwou:!

    Greetings! Please accept my hearty congratulations for the prestigious DOD award. We are very much proud of you, your accomplishments and leadership. I am glad to be a part of this project and always work with you. Thanks.


    R. Suseela Reddy

  6. Pingback: Tweets that mention JSU to receive $3.9 million for a Dept. of Defense Center of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics « Jackson State University Press Blog -- Topsy.com

  7. Congratulations, on such an achievement! I’m sure the College of Science, Engineering, & Technology program @ JSU will benefit greatly from your endeavors, Dr. Tchounwou.

    Best Wishes,

    Olayanju Kayode

  8. Congratulations to you, Dr. Tchounwou, and very proud of your expertise and outstanding accomplishments in internal and external multidisciplinary collaboration.

    Nancy Ying Liu

  9. Paul,

    You always strive for the best and produce the best. I am proud of your expertise. Burning mid-oil always yields high dividends. Congratulations, Paul.


Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s