Harder Announces Nearly $800,000 Federal Investment to Help CSU Improve STEM Education for Low-Income, First-Generation Students

August 8, 2019
Press Release
Will Provide Hands-On Study of Air Pollution in Central Valley

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a $790,417.00 investment through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to allow the California State University System to improve science technology, engineering, and mathematics education at CSU Stanislaus, Bakersfield, and Fresno. The program will focus on the high rates of local air pollution as a tangible focus for the study of mathematics and chemistry.

“This kind of project could only happen in the Central Valley – on the one hand, we have Stan State, a national leader in educating our students, including low-income and first-generation students, and on the other hand we have high rates of air pollution – this program will link them up to provide better real-world educational opportunities and focus on one of our largest public health challenges we face in the Central Valley,” said Rep. Harder. “This is a great example of the positive local impact our federal investments in science can have.”

“I am thrilled that the NSF is again partnering with Stan State, this time to help underwrite an extremely important program in our ongoing efforts to develop and promote STEM learning practices within our Hispanic student community,” said CSU Stanislaus President Ellen Junn. “I also would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Bill Potter for leading the effort and also to Dr. Jung Ha An, Dr. AnaMarie Guichard and Dr. Harold Stanislaw for their diligent work in securing this important grant.”

Stanislaus State will focus on mathematics specifically. A team of social science and STEM researchers will lead the project to assess how the university’s innovative programs contribute to better education for minority and low-income students.

Rep. Harder is a leader in efforts to improve education from the primary to post-secondary levels. Last month, he introduced a package of bills to invest in career and trades education. The package consists of three bills, each of which addresses different needs within the career and trades education space. Yesterday, Rep. Harder announced an over $2 million federal investment in the Central Valley Opportunity Center.