Dr. Dwight Higgin, neuroscience researcher and assistant professor of biology at AAP’s Wilmington campus, recently accepted a role with the Delaware Space Grant Consortium to aid in its recruitment efforts.
Delaware Space Grant, which is funded by NASA, was created in 1991 to develop opportunities for students and researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. It grants fellowships and scholarships to students at Delaware colleges and universities, with a particular focus on funding training and research positions for women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities who wish to pursue careers in STEM-related disciplines.
In his new position, Higgin will also be coordinating with NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR.
“This role allows me to communicate to students officially on behalf of the NASA Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR in hopes of increasing diversity in STEM research and to act as a liaison between interested students and research faculty,” he said.
Higgin received his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Delaware. He earned his master's in biological sciences from Delaware State University and his Ph.D. in neurobiology and anatomy from Drexel University College of Medicine. He continues to conduct biomedical research related to spinal cord injury.