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Dr. Faye Belgrave is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's 2016 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the. This award recognizes an individual whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world's intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare.


Aashir Nasim, Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation (iCubed), and faculty from Howard University (PI, Clarence Lee) were awarded two STEM grants in the past month. 

They received $4,000,000.00 for the next five years from the National Science Foundation -- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF-LSAMP) to enhance academic support programs for predominantly African American undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering.
They also received $750,000.00 for the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education's Minority Science and Education Improvement Program (MSEIP) to support the institutionalization of STEM support programs for predominantly African American students.
The sustainability of STEM programs at Howard University and other HBCU's and minority-serving institutions will be critical to VCU's efforts to develop pipeline programs to recruit and retain a new cadre of underrepresented minority faculty. Dr. Nasim serves as principal investigator of program evaluation for these grant awards.