Stillman Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant for New Research Facility

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Stillman College President Yolanda W. Page joins Congresswoman Terri Sewell as she announces a $7.9 million grant for a new Biomedical Research Facility.

Ahead of her town hall meeting on the Stillman College campus, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell presented a check in the amount of $7.9M to Stillman President Dr. Yolanda W. Page to fund the construction of the Stillman Chronic Disease Research and Training Shared Facility. It will serve as the College’s first facility dedicated entirely to research. The facility will enhance institution-wide research programs and facilitate collaborations with research-intensive partners to transform the College’s science department into one that develops relevant research programs, building upon existing biomedical pipeline initiatives.

During the presentation, President Page thanked Congresswoman Sewell for her unwavering support of Stillman College in particular, and HBCUs in general. According to Page, “Not only will the funding create a space for life-saving research, but it will also allow Stillman to fulfill its mission to contribute to improving lives all over Alabama.”

According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Earned Doctorates, Stillman graduates earned 35 PhDs between 2010 and 2020 and ranked 17th among baccalaureate HBCUs producing PhDs. On average, Stillman graduates 25 biology majors per year with more than 50% of them enrolling in biomedical graduate programs.

President Page has identified Stillman alumna Dr. Rosiana Gray to lead the Stillman Chronic Disease Research and Training Shared Facility effort. Dr. Gray was a biology major during her time as a Stillman student.