Updated 10/25/2012 01:02 PM
Johnson C. Smith University to add new science center
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CHARLOTTE—The future of STEM education at Johnson C. Smith University is changing.
Students at Charlotte's historically black university will soon have more resources and research opportunities at their fingertips thanks to a new multi-million dollar science center that will be built in the heart of campus.
"The opportunities that Smith has already afforded me through the science centers that we have in place are very vast. So I really can't even imagine how many great opportunities are going to come out of this building," said student Aisha Davis.
The computer sciences major said expanding the university's science complex is a smart move.
"I'm totally excited about the new building. I think it's going to impact the world," said Davis.
The new science center is funded by a $25 million grant from the Duke Endowment and will prepare students for emerging fields such as renewable energy and Homeland Security.
"It is extremely important that we be a part of the solution to how we will increase the number of thinkers in the arena of science education," said president of JCSU Dr. Ronald Carter.
University leaders hope the new building will increase admission at the college of STEM from 300 students to 450 student by 2016.