Philanthropist Michael Cudahy has donated a two-story building tucked into a wooded parcel on Milwaukee's northwest side to serve as a place for students of color to discover careers in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields.
The building at 9100 N. Swan Road once served as a think tank for Marquette Electronics, a Milwaukee medical device company founded by Cudahy and Warren Cozzens.
Now, the Cozzens and Cudahy Research Center will be used to help UWM develop a STEM pipeline for students of color.
The first group of UWM undergrads majoring in STEM fields is participating in a year-round mentoring program through the center, funded by federal money. The group of about 20 UWM students also participated in a STEM "boot camp" during the winter break between semesters, sponsored by UWM and the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation.