North Carolina A&T State University is creating a new center to encourage students to pursue studies in math and sciences and the effort has received financial boost with a  $1.76 million grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center of Excellence for Active Learning is intended to “inspire current, incoming and prospective N.C. A&T students to pursue STEM studies and careers.” Funds from the five-year grant will be used to support two programs.

The summer enrichment program will immerse high school juniors in critical applications of science, computational science and mathematics, and prepare them for the Scholastic Aptitude Test and college. The pre-matriculation bridge program will immerse incoming freshmen in chemistry and calculus pre-courses. Also, workshops will strengthen oral and written communication, critical thinking, time management, leadership and business etiquette and financial management. The programs are expected to help more than 5,000 students annually. 

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports programs that promote the sciences, health and education. Since its start in 1986, the foundation has granted nearly $60 million to support North Carolina projects and programs.