Hoeven: NSF Awards Nearly $460,000 to NDSU to Improve STEM Education

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $359,740 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to fund a research project that will study how active learning methods and undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) support contribute to advancements for Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) students. NDSU is one of three universities that will participate in the research project.

“Securing our nation’s future begins by laying a strong foundation for our students,” Hoeven said. “STEM education plays a critical role in ensuring that we have the workforce needed for the jobs of tomorrow. NDSU is a premiere STEM institution, and its participation in this research project will help universities throughout the United States to more effectively teach our students and help them succeed.”

The research project is based on evidence that active learning methods lead to better outcomes and higher graduation rates for students. The goal of the work is to retain more STEM students and help those students learn better.

Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act which included legislation Senator Hoeven and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) offered to bolster STEM education. Hoeven is a member of the Senate STEM Education Caucus and the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.