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EPCC Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Bridge Humanities and STEM


El Paso Community College (EPCC) has been awarded a grant of $34,669 by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH announced this grant as part of its $24 million awarded to 225 humanities projects across the country.


Dr. Rebecca Escamilla


This Humanities Connections Planning Grant will assist the project, HUM-STEM: Redefining Experiential Curriculum for First-Year Students Project Description that will link humanities and STEM fields through a summer bridge program, experiential learning, and courses in English, Biology, and Mathematics.


The project will be administered by EPCC Professors Margie Nelson Rodriguez (English), Fan Chen (Mathematics) and Dr. Rebecca Escamilla (Biology).



"This NEH planning grant will provide an opportunity for robust interdisciplinary collaboration between the humanities and STEM at EPCC, particularly in experiential learning,” Margie Nelson Rodriguez, Project Manager, said.


Fan Chen


“Experiential learning helps students apply what they have learned and this program, HUM-STEM, will connect humanities and STEM for faculty and students."


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

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