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National Science Foundation Grant to Increase STEM Success at Ursinus

Ursinus College was recently awarded a five-year, nearly $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in support of high achieving students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields who demonstrate financial need.

The new grant will develop the Supporting Inclusive Excellence (SIE) project and provide scholarships to 30 students as they complete majors in biology, biochemistry or neuroscience, and look toward entering the workforce or STEM graduate school programs.

Professor of Biology and Associate Dean Rebecca Kohn is leading the grant, with assistance from co-principal investigators Kathryn Goddard, associate professor of Biology, Carlita Favero, assistant professor of Biology and Jennifer Round, assistant professor of Biology.

The grant will provide for academic advising, curricular and co-curricular activities, mentoring and research opportunities. It includes a bridge program to facilitate the transition between the first and second semesters of introductory biology, a series of workshops offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development and research to strengthen students’ connection to the STEM community.

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