Jun 2, 2014 5:17 AM by AP
The University of New Orleans has been awarded a 5-year, $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The grant is aimed at efforts to retain students studying science, technology, engineering and math, and to reinvigorate introductory science courses.
The university is one of 37 institutions to receive a grant.
Biological sciences professor Wendy Schluchter says the university will offer weeklong boot camps in math and biology for up to 150 freshmen who want to major in science and engineering to refresh their math skills.
Since 1988, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded more than $935 million in grants to public and private colleges and universities to support science education.