October 6, 2016


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403


Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has received close to a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education over the next 5 years. The grant activities will focus primarily on Hispanic students, which make up more than half of the college’s enrollment. “This will transform education in our area for generations to come,” said Dr. John Madden, president, ENMU-Roswell.

The three key grant objectives are: 1). Increase access and success in STEM education for Hispanic and underserved students; 2). Increase the number of Hispanic and underserved students attaining degrees in STEM fields; and 3). Develop articulation and transfer agreements with 4-year institutions for STEM education programs. 

Additionally, the grant will be used to support the development of the ENMU-Roswell campus “iCenter” (innovation center), which will include a “FabLab” (fabrication lab with current laser, 3-D computer/printing and advanced multi-format print technologies) and improvements in the lecture hall in the “iCenter.”  “This grant will help the campus achieve the necessary and innovative technology improvements to support the development of key STEM education programs, as well as promoting ENMU-Roswell as a recognized state and national leader in entrepreneurial and STEM education programs,” said Jim Engelhard, Title V Activities director. Grant funds will also be used to provide additional training and development for teachers in distance learning and STEM fields on campus.