WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $1,115,270 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park. The funding, awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), will allow the University to study how educational simulations can help undergraduate students understand and engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. The project aims to enhance the career awareness and skills of students in two areas of national interest: cybersecurity and crisis response.
“Our national security depends on students’ access to high-quality education and exposure to the STEM industries,” said Senator Cardin. “The University of Maryland, College Park has proven a strong partner in preparing the next generation to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, and I am confident that these federal funds will further that goal.”
“Encouraging students of all backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM fields is vital to our economic growth, national security, and global competitiveness – and innovative programs like this show Maryland’s commitment to making that goal a reality. In particular, our state is home to both public and private organizations focused on cybersecurity and creating a well-trained cyber workforce is important for the safety of our country. I will continue working in Congress to make sure that our students receive the very best education and training so they are prepared for future success in the workplace,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees.
“I am pleased that the University of Maryland, College Park received this important funding,” said Congressman Hoyer. “Encouraging students to explore careers in STEM fields is critically important and will strengthen our workforce. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to improve access to STEM programs for our students.”
NSF supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting-edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.