Wesley UR-CATS (Undergraduate Research – Center for Analytics, Talent and Success) selected 32 Wesley College students as Cannon Scholars, a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program, established to recruit and retain academically-talented students in biological chemistry, biology, environmental science and mathematics.
For the Fall 2018 semester, $63,128 was awarded to 32 deserving STEM majors. Based on the students’ financial need (FAFSA), scholarships were awarded through Wesley’s NSF S-STEM program, the NSF DE-EPSCoR program, the NIH-NIGMS DE-INBRE program, the NASA DESGC program, and the DBI ARC program.
“This scholarship opportunity has allowed students to not only to defray college expenses, but to focus on their STEM academic interests,” said Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “The future looks bright in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) because of grant opportunities like these as they make it possible for students to concentrate and to participate in activities that reinforce self-confidence in the STEM fields.”
At Wesley College, the Cannon Scholar program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented, financially disadvantaged, academically-talented students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in the four STEM areas. In addition, the program aims to strengthen 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.