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Sept. 21, 2021

QuSTEAM initiative awarded $5 million

A multidisciplinary, multi-institutional program that is co-led by Michigan State University’s Center for Quantum Computing, Science and Engineering, or MSU-Q, is taking the next step in its aim to develop a diverse, effective and contemporary quantum-ready workforce by revolutionizing and creating more equitable pathways to quantum science education.

QuSTEAM: Convergence Undergraduate Education in Quantum Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, was awarded a two-year, $5 million cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation’s  Convergence Accelerator. Following QuSTEAM’s initial assessment and needs-finding period during Phase I in 2020, the award will fund Phase II’s objective to build transformative, modular quantum science degree and certification programs in the public domain.

“NSF’s Convergence Accelerator is focused on accelerating solutions toward societal impact. Within three years, funded teams are to deliver high-impact results, which is fast for product development,” said Douglas Maughan, head of the NSF Convergence Accelerator program. “During Phase II, QuSTEAM and nine other 2020 cohort teams will participate in an Idea-to-Market curriculum to assist them in developing their solution further and to create a sustainability plan to ensure the effort provides a positive impact beyond NSF funding.” 

To read more about the initiative, visit the College of Natural Science website.

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