BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Two professors from Baton Rouge Community College got a grant from the National Science Foundation totaling $860,815.

Dr. Mary Miller, a professor of biology and science research program director, and Dr. Divina Miranda, a professor of chemistry were the recipients of the grant. According to BRCC, the grant will have a significant impact on the lives and educational experiences of 124 students currently enrolled in BRCC’s STEM division.

“We take great pride in the dedication and remarkable commitment displayed by Dr. Miller and Dr. Miranda as they engage with our students,” said Dr. Willie E. Smith, BRCC chancellor. “This NSF grant will open doors for more students, exposing them to new learning experiences that will have a lasting impact on their lives. Additionally, the grant opportunity seamlessly aligns with the college’s recently released strategic plan and its goal to propel student success.”

The NSF grant is designed to facilitate externships, enabling students to apply their skills in a workforce setting, according to BRCC. The program has three objectives, including scientific literacy and research design, technical skill development, and leadership training.

According to BRCC, over five years, the project will allow for 24 students to be active in every step of the educational process while over 100 students will have the opportunity to take part in different facets including job placements in externships, scientific literary workshops and training at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium Research Laboratory.