WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that the National Science Foundation will be awarding $1.49 million in funding to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to increase access to STEM education. This will fund over 40 full-time university scholarships to students pursuing degrees in biological sciences and support undergraduate STEM research and internships, with the goal of increasing STEM degree completion of low-income and first-generation students.

“As a former computer programmer and an advocate for women to enter into STEM fields, I know how important it is to increase access to quality STEM education for underrepresented students,” said Senator Rosen. “We need more diversity in STEM classes and careers, and I’m proud to announce that UNLV will receive nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to make STEM education more accessible for all.”

Senator Rosen has been a leader in advocating for improving access to STEM education and careers. Last year, Rosen launched the Senate’s first bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus to discuss and collaborate legislatively about ways to expand access to STEM education for women and increase women’s participation in STEM-related fields). Senators Rosen and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced and passed the bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM Act, which is now law and provides research grants through the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of young girls in computer science and enhance support for early childhood STEM education.