Sonja Alexander November 23, 1998 Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1761) RELEASE: 98-211 NASA AWARDS PRECOLLEGE

AND TEACHER AND CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT GRANTS The NASA Office of Equal Opportunity Programs has selected 11 minority universities to receive a Precollege Awards for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology (PACE/MSET) grant, and nine minority universities to receive a Minority University Mathematics, Science and Technology Awards for Teacher and Curriculum Enhancement Program (MASTAP) grant. The PACE grants provide opportunities for minority colleges and universities, in collaboration with NASA and local school districts, to provide for informal educational opportunities that will enhance the numbers and percentage of students enrolled in mathematics and science college preparatory courses. These partnerships will prepare more students to enroll in college mathematics, science, engineering and technology (MSET) disciplines and to pursue MSET careers in the future. Each PACE/MSET university will receive up to $100,000 per year for the three years of the grant based on performance and availability of funds under the program. The 11 universities selected to receive PACE grants: California State University- Dominguez Hills California State University- Northridge College of Santa Fe, NM Delaware State University Jarvis Christian College, TX Lehman College, NY New Mexico State University Pasadena City College, CA Trenholm State Technical College, AL Tuskegee University, AL University of Texas at Brownsville The MASTAP grants provide opportunities for minority colleges and universities to develop diverse and exemplary research-based

mathematics, science, technology and geography teacher education curricula, integrated with content from NASA's mission. It is the Agency's desire that the results from these awards serve as models for other colleges and universities. Additionally, these awards will contribute to the following states' efforts to increase the numbers and percentage of state-certified mathematics, science, technology or geography teachers employed in hard-to-staff elementary, middle and secondary schools. Each MASTAP grant award recipient will receive up to $200,000 per year for the three years of the grant based on performance and availability of funds under the program. The nine universities selected to receive MASTAP grants: Bowie State University, MD California State University-Dominguez Hills City University of New York-Medgar Evers College Florida International University Heritage College, WA Jackson State University, MS Mississippi Valley State University South Carolina State University Xavier University of Louisiana -end-