UAF gets $1.9 million grant for village-based students

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $1.9 million grant to teach science, math, engineering and technology courses to rural students.

The five-year grant is aimed at students in the Interior and Bristol Bay regions. It will use a combination of teaching strategies developed to educate minority students.

One of the goals of the project is to ease the transition for students from village life to university study.

The grant will provide two-year scholarships for 16 students each year. Classes will be delivered to students in their home villages through audio conference and web-based technology. The students will also attend intensive sessions at the Fairbanks campus.

The grant money will pay for computers and speakerphones for the students and will pay the cost of travel and lodging for the students when they attend sessions at the Fairbanks campus.

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