Texas A&M University-Kingsville will soon have a new program for mionority students studying engineering and science after receiving a grant from the United States Department of Education.

Dr. Hua Li, associate professor and industrial engineering graduate coordinator, and his team will receive $749,196 for the proposed project ''Research, Education and Financial Literacy Excellence for Minority-focused Engagement'' or REFLEX-ME.

The award summary states the program will focus on improving student learning outcomes, educational benefits, and awareness and knowledge of financial literacy and professional development for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville engineering and science minority students, especially women. The program will also create summer research internships for Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and possibly nearby community colleges, such as Del Mar Laredo, South Texas.

The program is expected to directly impact more than 1,440 students over three years .