Tech gets AAUW grant

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The American Association of University Women announced last week that New Mexico Tech along with 10 other schools will receive a total of $45,000 in grants for campus projects.

The American Association of University Women announced last week that New Mexico Tech along with 10 other schools will receive a total of $45,000 in grants for campus projects.

New Mexico Tech's award is $2,600 for a one-semester pilot. Project coordinator Dr. Barbara Bonnekessen said Tech's project will connect Tech students with interested women students at New Mexico community colleges for a pre-transfer mentoring relationship during the spring 2014 semester.

"We hope that this will encourage the participating women to consider transferring to New Mexico Tech," said Bonnekessen, an associate professor of social sciences. "This is part of a larger AAUW project to help women students at community colleges to consider transferring to STEM majors."

Each year, the AAUW Campus Action Project grant program gives money to teams of faculty and students to create community-based solutions to some of the far-reaching problems explored in AAUW research.

This year's grant recipients were recommended from the 2013 AAUW research report "Women in Community College: Access to Success."

The report includes recommendations that the organizations said will improve community colleges for all students, such as increasing on-campus child-care funding and stepping up STEM recruitment and support programs.

"We are putting our research into action through these 11 Campus Action Projects," said Kate C. Farrar, AAUW director of leadership programs. "The winning teams were selected because they hold a great deal of promise for student leadership development and impact. We are proud to support these teams of administrators and students who are committed to eradicating barriers and empowering women."