Dr. A Nayena Blankson, Associate Professor of Psychology, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant entitled Excellence in Research: Pathways to Academic Success in African American Children . The main purpose of this project is to find pathways to help African American children reach high academic achievement. Dr. Blankson will be following almost 200 students who were originally seen when they were in preschool and kindergarten into their fifth grade years. The project will have significant impact on science, educational policy, and society by increasing our understanding of factors that impact early achievement in African American children. It will also provide needed training and mentoring opportunities for African American female undergraduate students. Findings will be widely disseminated through professional presentations and publications.