U of Illinois sets up center for minority doctoral students

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois plans to use its share of a $3 million grant to set up a center to help minority doctoral students. The university said in a news release Tuesday that it will receive a share of the grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California in San Diego. The center will provide scholarships to minority doctoral candidates in the physical sciences, math sciences and engineering. The center will also set up programs to help students succeed on campus. According to the university, the center’s goal will be to double the number of applicants and enrollees of minority students in the university’s STEM fields.