• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC)
  • School of Computing and Information
Accolades & Honors

Angela Stewart earned $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation

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Angela Stewart, an assistant professor in Pitt’s School of Computing and Information, received nearly $1.3 million in funding from a National Science Foundation Racial Equity in STEM Education award. The grant will support her project, “Black Girls as Creators: An Intersectional Learning Ecosystem Toward Gendered Racial Equity in Artificial Intelligence Education.”

The grant was awarded to Stewart and her collaborators at Arizona State University and the University of Texas Arlington as well as Pittsburgh community partners Assemble and Manchester Youth Development Center.

This project will work with AI creators and Black girls ages 9-14 to expand the range of perspectives and voices in AI technology. The project will include after-school and summer camps for Black girls to design and create AI projects.

The NSF’s Racial Equity in STEM Education program supports research and practice projects that investigate how considerations of racial equity factor into the improvement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce. The total intended award amount for Stewart and team is $1,299,715.

The research scientist in Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) was also featured in “Black Voices in Computing,” an exhibit that seeks to recognize and uplift the achievements and stories of Black scholars in the field of computing and information. The focal point of the exhibit revolves around Stewart’s voice as she discusses inclusivity and diversity in the tech space, her research values and approach to teaching computing, and the activities that motivate and inspire her. The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the Information Sciences Building, 135 N Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

Learn more about Stewart’s research and see her speak about equity and engagement in the LRDC’s Learning Sciences Video Series below.

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