- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan says that 15 universities are sharing a $5 million grant to expand research opportunities for undergraduate and master’s students in science, technology, engineering and math - the fields known as STEM.

The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust established the Vertical Integrated Projects trust with the grant. Michigan’s College of Engineering is co-leading the project with Georgia Institute of Technology.

Michigan says the project aims to give students more opportunities for long-term participation in faculty research, perhaps for an undergraduate’s full four years.

Engineering professor Brian Gilchrist says planners are “working to broaden the experiential learning opportunities for … students in ways that deepen their technical knowledge and give them a holistic, systems thinking perspective.”

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