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Winston-Salem State University receives two grants for scientific research of the future

Winston-Salem State University has received a combined $6.2 million dollars in grants. The funding will be used to create programs to study quantum information science and artificial intelligence’s role in responding to climate change.

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The National Science Foundation aims to increase diversity in QISE research through its ExpandQISE program.

Research at Winston-Salem State University will impact our planet — and beyond.

The HBCU was one of six to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation for Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE). QISE combines physical science, math, computer science, and engineering to find ways to process information that can’t be done today.

What does that really mean? It could pave the way for future technologies that impact our economy + national security.

WSSU will use $5 million to establish a QISE program and build a state-of-the-art research laboratory to become a leader in the field. Students will begin participating in spring 2024.

NASA also awarded the university a separate, $1.3 million grant. WSSU researchers will focus on using artificial intelligence to find solutions to climate warming. They’ll also collaborate with two other NC universities on how robots can be used in the search for extraterrestrial life in space.