Promising science students with financial need will receive much-needed help through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to Cal Poly Pomona. The grant will fund a program to provide 15-20 scholarships per year for five years. Students interested in the program can pick up informational brochures starting in January of each academic year.
Scholarships will cover fees at Cal Poly Pomona for an academic year and include an allowance for textbooks. It also provides for a professional development opportunity, allotting money to travel to an industry conference with a faculty mentor. Other services include workshops, tutoring and computer facilities.
"We want this money to do more than just help students get through school. We're hoping with the financial support these students are relieved of the pressure to have outside jobs. With the professional development piece, it helps the students take a close look at their future careers, meet people in the field, discover their interests, and ultimately develop their professional identity," said the grant's principal investigator Barbara Burke, a chemistry professor and director of Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES).
The grant program, housed in SEES, will target juniors and seniors. With research showing that students switch out of science majors after their sophomore year, organizers hope the program will help students complete their bachelor's degrees and transition into the STEM workforce.
A number of faculty and volunteer alumni will be serving as mentors for the students in the program. They include: Stephen Alas in Biological Sciences, Michael Page in Chemistry, Jeff Marshall in Geological Sciences, Daisy Sang in Computer Science, Robin Wilson in Mathematics & Statistics, Homeyra Sadaghiani in Physics, and Greg Sanchez PhD in Chemistry and SEES alumnus, who workes for Allergan.
***For more information, contact SEES at (909) 869-3664 or email Dr. Barbara Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Michael F. Z. Page at email@example.com