CONTACT: VANESSA SHELTON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
EDITORS NOTE: We invite members of the media, photographers and videographers
to the check presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in 101 Jessup Hall.
GTE awards $30,000 to prepare minority students in technology at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has been awarded a $30,000 grant
by the GTE Foundation to support an innovative program to encourage eighth
through 11th grade minority students to study mathematics, science and engineering
The grant will be used by the UI's Opportunity at Iowa program to fund "PIVOT:
Powerful Innovations=Vision+Opportunity+Technology," which will be conducted
over the course of two summers and academic year 1997-1998.
GTE representatives will officially award the grant to UI President
Mary Sue Coleman Thursday, Feb. 13.
"PIVOT will introduce students to the use of computers in engineering
and math. Students will have access to technical facilities available through
the university and will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience,"
explained program co-director Barry Butler, UI professor of mechanical engineering.
Students also will have an opportunity to build relationships with professional
scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technology information specialists.
Co-directing PIVOT with Butler will be Professor Bor-Luh Lin, chair of the
Joe Coulter, director of the UI's Opportunity at Iowa program, added that
PIVOT will help the students in choosing a high school curriculum that will
prepare them for college admission.
"The University of Iowa will benefit from this preparatory program by
working more closely with other educational groups across the state in a partnership
and by building on its currently limited pool of minority and underrepresented
groups for admission to the university as students," he said.
A total of 15 colleges and universities across the nation, including the
UI and Iowa State University, received GTE FOCUS grants this year. The grant
is awarded as part of the GTE FOCUS program to further the communications
company's commitment to provide educational assistance to students, particularly
in promoting the creation of a pool of technical talent, according to Robert
Bradley, GTE general manager-customer operations.
The PIVOT grant proposal submitted to GTE was written by Eugenia McGee of
the UI Division of Sponsored Programs.