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Livingstone College’s Science Department recently received a $355,000 collaborative physics grant designed to improve the physics curriculum at Piedmont and Triad area HBCUs.

In addition to Livingstone, the schools participating are Bennett College, North Carolina A&T State University, Barber-Scotia College, Johnson C. Smith University and Winston-Salem State University. Dr. Deva Sharma of Winston-Salem State will serve as the grant administrator.

The grant funds allow for the purchase of physics equipment, release time for physics faculty and a summer stipend for a physics instructor and a student.

Physics faculty members are expected to conduct two summer workshops for developing curriculum and laboratory manuals, developing advanced physics laboratory experiments and computerizing at least ten experiments at each of the six institutions.

Approximately 1200 minority students will benefit from the cooperative physics project activities each year. Professor Laurencin Dunbar will be the site coordinator for Livingstone College.