Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $262,500 to help strengthen math and science skills among students at the University of Rochester. The federal investment is part of the Upward Bound Math and Science Program through the U.S. Department of Education.
“Our ability to lead in the global economy relies on our ability to out-educate the global competition,” Senator Gillibrand said. “That starts with strengthening our students’ skills in math and science – fields that will define the economy of the future, and the jobs that will need filling. With investments like this at the University of Rochester, we create and fill those jobs right here.”
The federal investment for the University of Rochester comes as Senator Gillibrand is promoting the America Innovates Act, legislation to harness the potential of cutting edge research institutions like the University of Rochester by investing in research that can be commercialized into new high-tech products, start new businesses and support new high-tech jobs.
The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students, help more students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and lead them to promising careers in these fields.