Diversity in STEM Agilent Donates Million Dollars for New Lab Instrumentation
With an aim to advance diversity in STEM fields, Agilent has collaborated with Delaware State University, a leading historically Black university. The company plans to fund students from this university and also provide them with lab instrumentation and mentorship.
California/USA – Agilent Technologies is launching a partnership with Delaware State University (DSU) to increase the share of underrepresented students entering STEM fields. The company will donate 1 million dollars in addition to new lab instrumentation to help DSU expand educational opportunities and advance research in applied chemistry, biological sciences, food science, molecular and cellular neuroscience, and related disciplines. Agilent’s support will also contribute to building research capacity of a consortium of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the mid-Atlantic region led by Delaware State.
“DSU has a tremendous pool of talented STEM students,” said Agilent President and CEO Mike McMullen. “This partnership will help us provide direct support to these students and encourage more scholars at HBCUs across the mid-Atlantic to consider opportunities at Agilent and within the broader life sciences sector.”
Agilent’s donation comes as DSU breaks ground on a new 24,000-square-foot building for its College of Agriculture Science and Technology (Cast), which includes space for new labs. The donation will fully fund 21 graduate and undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees. Agilent is also providing analytical lab instrumentation, supplies, services, and other infrastructure to equip Cast’s new lab space.
The company will also provide mentorship opportunities for DSU students with Agilent scientists, engineers, and researchers and will help fund DSU’s summer internship program for STEM students.
To further support the partnership, Agilent is double-matching employee donations to HBCUs through the end of the year. The investment in HBCUs is part of Agilent’s broader philanthropic work, which focuses on increasing the pipeline of early-career professionals entering the life-sciences sector and addressing climate change and other environmental issues. It also advances the goals of Agilent’s diversity and inclusion programs.