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FY 2011 Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants

South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Ariz., $289,000 – This project will increase underrepresented minority graduates in food, agriculture and natural resource sciences by helping middle school students transition into high school and college coursework in biological sciences.

California State University, Fullerton, Calif., $277,500 – This project will create the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience as a tool to teach undergraduate students about urban agriculture, food security and nutrition.

California State University, Fullerton, Calif., $277,500 – This project will train underrepresented Hispanic leaders to effectively tackle childhood obesity and enter the workforce through not only classroom learning, but also through leadership training and community-based/USDA-related experiential learning. 

California State University, Pomona, Calif., $289,000 – This project will design a curriculum focusing on educating Hispanic students with the mission critical skills needed for jobs in the U.S. agricultural sector.

California State University, Pomona, Calif., $284,000 – This project will recruit, mentor and train highly talented students to work on translational plant breeding genomics projects.

California State University, San Bernardino, Calif., $500,695 – This project will increase the retention and graduation of underrepresented students for careers in the USDA's workforce through an innovative paid experiential-learning Watershed Management Internship program.

University of La Verne, La Verne, Calif., $244,000 – This project will recruit students from local HSI community colleges and predominately Hispanic high schools, provide training for success in graduate school, and introduce these students to the agricultural sciences through coursework and ag-related research projects.

University of California, Merced, Calif., $289,000 – This project will offer undergraduate agriculture students intensive training, experiential learning opportunities at UC Merced and partner USDA labs, professional skills workshops and a public seminar series. 

Florida International University, Miami, Fla., $800,000 – This project will train Hispanic students in biological and natural sciences for career placement in USDA and other federal agencies.

Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., $287,000 – This project will design curriculum for a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in global trade and logistics.

Dominican University, River Forest, Ill., $229,000 – This project will create a coordinated undergraduate program that will assist students break through the barriers to become registered dieticians.

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., $800,000 – This project will mentor cohorts of students to prepare them for careers in natural resource management.

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, P.R., $800,000 – This project will provide students from agriculture and related disciplines with graduate research assistantships, undergraduate research stipends and educational and training experiences. 

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, P.R., $289,000 – This project will provide state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and updated curriculum for the university’s nutrition dietetics program.

Houston Community College, Houston, Texas, $245,000 – This project will develop a curriculum focusing on aquaponics, a sustainable method of fish and food production.

Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, Texas, $246,722 – This project will select Master’s degree level students in food and agricultural sciences to participate in a career preparation institute to network with senior researchers and USDA staff and create a leadership plan focused on developing human capital relevant to meeting the USDA labor force needs.   

Texas A&M, Kingsville, Texas, $800,000 – This project will assist in the training and education of under-represented South Texas Hispanic students for careers in USDA agencies. 

Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, $800,000 – This project will fund 50 undergraduate students and employ 6 graduate students, who will become certified by the Department of Homeland Security and be introduced to food safety vulnerabilities through field trips to dairies, food processing factories, and the United States/Mexico livestock border crossing.

University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, $800,000 – This project will create a collaborative network of researchers, educators, USDA agencies, and non-profit organizations to coordinate efforts, share resources, and increase educational, training and post-graduation opportunities for Hispanic students pursuing careers in sustainable energy.

University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, $245,000 – This project will prepare south Texas university students for careers in the agricultural sciences, focusing on biological suppression of exotic, invasive giant reed along the Rio Grande.