St. Norbert College received a $998,759 National Science Foundation grant for the project called “Community-building, Mentoring, and Research Experiences to Develop Undergraduate STEM Majors’ Scientific Identities and Preparation for STEM Careers.”
This project will contribute to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated need at the De Pere college. Over its five-year duration, this project will fund four years of scholarships to 18 students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in any of the STEM fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geology, mathematics or physics.
“This nearly $1 million grant is one of the largest single grants the college has ever received,” said Anindo Choudhury, an SNC professor of biology and environmental science.
St. Norbert will provide two consecutive cohorts of nine academically accomplished incoming science students — 18 in total, who may not otherwise have the economic opportunity, with financial support to help with tuition, funding for research or internships with mentors during the summer and a variety of other programming during the year. The first cohort of nine students will enter in 2020, followed by a second cohort in 2021.