Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $1 Million for Morgan State to Study Microplastics in Chesapeake Bay

January 28, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Baltimore Congressional Delegation in announcing $999,999 in federal funding for Morgan State University to study the impact of microplastics on marine ecosystems, using the Chesapeake Bay as a model.

The project will create new opportunities for Morgan State students to participate in high-impact science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research, as well as recruit and support students pursuing doctoral degrees.

“Microplastics pose an urgent threat to the health of oceans and watersheds around the world – especially for the Chesapeake Bay,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal grant funding will help Morgan State University lead the way in microplastics pollution research and accelerate aquatic cleanup efforts. It’s a clear win-win – helping us improve the health of the Bay while investing in the capabilities of our researchers at Morgan State. We will continue working to secure federal investments for students that expand research opportunities and advance academic development at Maryland’s HBCUs.”

The funding comes from the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Infrastructure in Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) program, which supports STEM research at HBCUs that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines.

In November 2020, the lawmakers announced $100,000 for a Morgan State-led initiative to increase minority representation in engineering. In August 2020, the lawmakers announced nearly $1 million to bolster STEM programs at Morgan State University.