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LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell has received a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop service learning projects in the College of Engineering - one of only 10 awards nationwide.
The one-year planning grant will incorporate service learning - which connects a project to the academic curriculum - into core engineering courses. Currently, the program is optional, yet successful. For example, a trio of mechanical engineering students recently constructed a prosthetic leg for a 14 year-old amputee in Peru.
"Our goal is to reach every student in every semester with a service-learning component," said John Ting, dean of engineering.
"We have an excellent track record. Now, we face the challenge of developing an integrated, college-wide program in which students from different disciplines work in teams to solve problems presented by community groups locally or overseas."
During the planning year, the engineering faculty will pilot test program options and prepare a full proposal for a $1 million, five-year implementation grant to fund a college-wide, service-learning initiative to reach every engineering student.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. Lowell offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.