Daytona Beach, FL - The National Science Foundation awards two rival schools almost $1 million in research grants.
That $999,702 three-year grant is for Bethune-Cookman University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and it's earmarked for research to improve coastal water quality.
Researchers at both institutions will investigate oyster-associated bacteria, which has the potential to remove nitrogen from estuarine waters.
The project will also enhance research and training activities at the two Florida Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), and further the education and training of students in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
At B-CU, the project will be led by Raphael Isokpehi and Yungkul Kim, College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. And at FAMU, the project will be led by Ashvini Chauhan, Charles Jagoe and Ashish Pathak, School of the Environment.
"The College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at B-CU remains committed to addressing real-world problems by encouraging faculty to develop relevant research projects," said Dr. Herbert Thomas, Dean fo the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
The award is for three years from October 1st, 2019 to September 30th, 2022 and funded through the National Science Foundation's HBCU Excellence in Research and the Integrative Ecological Physiology Program.