The Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Syracuse University a grant of $738,195 to promote graduate student diversity.  The award is a 3 year grant from the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need or GAANN and will be used to support women and minority students at the university.

The goal of the program will be to recruit minority and women chemistry students who are interested in taking faculty positions after they graduate.   Currently “in terms of race in the graduate population at SU, 15 percent of students are minorities.  But when it comes to the national level, the number of minority faculty is only about 7 or 8 percent.”  Women fair slightly better occupying 18% of faculty positions.