2 Paine professors get STEM study grant

Two Paine College professors will receive nearly $343,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project aimed at understanding barriers to science, technology, engineering and math for black women.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, an assistant professor of education, and Lawanda Cummings, an assistant professor of psychology, will study underlying factors linked to staggering participation of black women in the STEM field, according to a news release.

The project is considered an extension of the professors’ research on black women, cultural meaning and academic processes. The grant will be awarded over a three-year period.

“We are excited about this collaborative research project focusing on the under-representation of African-American women on STEM career pathways,” Lindsay-Dennis said. “It is our goal to help Paine College and similar institutions to create pipeline interventions to address the growing demands of the STEM workforce.”