Promoting Science &
Engineering Education

To be a global leader in memory and storage solutions, Micron relies on its talented scientists and engineers. Cultivating innovators and those who teach them aligns naturally with how and why we give back.

The Micron Foundation’s STEM grants give educators the resources, training and tools they need to spark a passion for STEM among students and to create engaging, hands-on experiences for students themselves.

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Here are some recent highlights:

  • Our partnership with AI4All, an initial Advancing Curiosity grant recipient, helps provide summer programs for high school students from underrepresented groups, including youth from families that have lower income, potential first-generation college students and others, with training in artificial intelligence. The fund is helping AI4All expand to 11 university sites serving approximately 300 new students.
  • With a $150,000 grant from the Micron Foundation, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation launched Elevate Math, a summer intervention program designed to increase math literacy. The grant supported education of 867 elementary school students and the development of a new curriculum for 4th and 5th graders.

Through its university relations efforts, Micron Gives also provides unique, hands-on opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in semiconductor-related fields through funding programs that often support underrepresented groups, such as the diversity and opportunity fund. The Micron Foundation also works with educators to support ongoing research efforts and improve engineering education through gifts that involve materials or technologies that shape our industry.

In 2019, Micron Gives dedicated its second wave in Advancing Curiosity grants to support the following inspiring projects at universities and nonprofits seeking to channel artificial intelligence (AI) into research that will help humanity and further support diversity, equality and inclusion efforts:

  • Graduate students at UCLA studying methods of fighting bias in AI and making machine learning more transparent
  • A Rochester Institute of Technology project creating a more inclusive AI assistant technology for hard-of-hearing users
  • University of Washington students participating in a program that uses data to find practical solutions to societal problems, as well as supporting a scholarship for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups
  • A project at UT-Austin using AI to combat the digital spread of misinformation

These worthy programs follow AI4All, the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab and the Stanford Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center, which are former Advancing Curiosity grant recipients.

Advancing Curiosity Asia

Micron Gives is evaluating opportunities to extend its STEM-focused Advancing Curiosity grant program to Taiwan to support universities or nonprofit organizations that are investigating how artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning will improve our lives and advancing the next wave of AI for social good.

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