April 10, 2015 Platteville, WI – The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant of $630,410 to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Distance Learning Center to increase access to online master’s degree programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines.

The five-year project will provide 10 annual scholarships to full-time online students pursuing graduate education in STEM fields. The overall goal is to increase the number of students in STEM disciplines and the number of employees in STEM fields, especially underrepresented populations.

“This funding is a tremendous opportunity not just for the students who will receive scholarships, but to improve the learning environment for all students in our programs,” said Dr. Lisa Landgraf, the grant’s Principal Investigator. “By improving diversity, retention, and graduation rates for the graduate programs, we are providing these students with an educational experience that will enrich their personal and professional lives.”

In addition to providing significant scholarship opportunities, the grant will also allow UW-Platteville to provide increased support services for online students including faculty advising and mentoring, peer mentoring, faculty/student research, and networking with STEM professionals. The impact of these activities on student retention will be reviewed under the terms of the grant funding.

“Partnering with the National Science Foundation is a great honor and will allow UW-Platteville’s online programs to continue as leaders in the STEM disciplines,” said Dawn Drake, Executive Director of Alternative Delivery Systems at UW-Platteville. “But even more importantly, this partnership allows us to create opportunities for our online master’s degree students that will result in high quality employees who are in demand and uniquely relevant to today’s workplace and economy.”

Additional information on scholarship details, including criteria and application instructions, will be available after May 1. Interested individuals should visit

About the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency created by congress in 1950, is dedicated to scientific advancement, public health, and national prosperity. The NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

About the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distance Learning Center
The Distance Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville administers three STEM field master’s programs entirely online: Engineering, Project Management, and Integrated Supply Chain Management. Additional master degree programs include Organizational Change Leadership, Distance Education Leadership and Criminal Justice, along with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. Visit, call 800.362.5460 or email to learn more about UW-Platteville Online.

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