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Wesley Awarded $600,000 to Support STEM Students

Pictured are several professors and students that did undergraduate research during the summer funded by grants. See below for names.

Pictured are several professors and students that did undergraduate research during the summer funded by grants. See below for names.

Wesley College has been awarded a grant (Award Id : 1355554) of $600,000 over the course of five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in order to support the scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math (S-STEM) programs.

“This is the largest direct grant award to date for the STEM program,” said Chemistry Professor, Director of Sponsored Research and Principal Investigator, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “Our students have been consistently involved in undergraduate research, presenting at national conferences and many have garnered national recognition, solidifying a reputation of excellence in the field; this award is a direct result from NSF for those efforts.”

The S-STEM program at Wesley, termed the Cannon Scholars Program, is established to help recruit and retain academically-talented students in biological chemistry, biology, environmental science and mathematics.

This program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented, financially disadvantaged, academically-talented students graduating from Wesley with bachelor degrees in the four STEM areas. In addition, the Cannon Scholars Program aims at strengthening these students’ preparation for and interest in pursuing a future graduate or professional program thereby increasing the numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of regional and national need.

To receive an annual scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, exhibit academic potential or ability, demonstrate financial need and be a full-time STEM major. To maintain this scholarship, students must uphold a high GPA and remain a full-time STEM major.

Recipients of the scholarship will be involved in a living-learning community, mentoring groups, workshops, peer-tutoring and various co-curricular activities. The Cannon Scholars Program will also help these students find paying positions on campus and encourage their participation in Wesley’s undergraduate research programs.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to focus on their studies without the financial challenges that many students face, allowing them to reach higher than they originally planned,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Patricia Dwyer.

Wesley will offer Scholars one-on-one counseling, assessment and review sessions for job readiness, interview skills and résumé writing. In addition to financially supporting students, this program aims to help foster a community that equips students with the skills and credentials required to move forward toward a thriving STEM career. View additional information about the program or apply now.

Pictured are several professors and students that did undergraduate research during the summer funded by grants.

Front row (from left): Catherine Gross, Ariel Bilbrough, Riza Bautista

Second row: Katelyn Null, Brittany Kowalewski, Jasbir Deol

Third row: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephanie Stotts, Megan Durrant, Dionne Williams, Samantha Weber, Alora Wilson, Professor of Chemistry, Director of Sponsored Research and Principal Investigator Dr. Malcolm D’Souza

Back row: Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien, James Welch, John Dougherty, Kwadwo Nsiah, Victor DeBarros