Two professors at UVA are seeing their research dreams become a reality.
Joanna Williams and Noelle Hurd will both be receiving the William T. Grant Foundation award of $350,000 to continue their research in minority youth development.
Williams is studying why middle school students tend to segregate themselves by race, and the benefits of a multiracial school environment.
"Oftentimes it's sort of an ideal that we strive toward, so I think it's important to create a sound evidence base that says 'yes, there is a real value to having kids from different backgrounds come together,'” said Williams.
Hurd will be studying how the neighborhood and home environment affect students' ability to learn.
Both of their grants extend over the next five years.
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