New Mexico Highlands University

UCSB and UCLA partner with New Mexico Highlands University on National Science Foundation PREM Grant

August 20, 2021

The National Science Foundation awarded a 3.8-million-dollar grant to New Mexico Highlands University and CNSI / BioPACIFIC MIP partner institutions the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California Santa Barbara. The grant will fund a Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) among the three institutions, which will advance the creation of high-performance plastics made from biomaterials and expand access to research, labs, and equipment for underrepresented students in the field. The grant will also create a science education pipeline for students from kindergarten up through college to expand access and interest in the sciences. Prof. Javier Read de Alaniz, Associate Director at CNSI and the co-director of BioPACIFIC MIP, is the UCSB co-PI on the PREM grant.

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