U of I to use grant to help minority doctoral students

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CHAMPAIGN - University of Illinois officials say it will use its share of a $3 million Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to start a center designed to boost application and enrollment numbers of minority doctoral students at the school.

Officials say the center will aim to double the number of minority students applying and being enrolled in the university's science, technology, engineering, and math fields.  Officials also say the center will create programs to help students be successful on campus, and will provide scholarships to minority doctoral candidates in the STEM fields.

Other schools that received a portion of the multimillion-dollar grant were the University of California in San Diego, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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