New Program Helps Low-income Bio/Chem Students PERSIST in their Studies
PERSIST (Program to Enhance Retention of Students in Science Trajectories) in Biology and Science will assist economically disadvantaged students by providing scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. The four-year program is made possible by a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The most significant experience that TCNJ provides its biology and chemistry students is the opportunity, as undergraduates, to work side-by-side on research projects with faculty and scientists in the field, said Donald Lovett, professor of biology. Additionally, those students have access to a strong tutoring network, peer-mentoring assistance, and an extensive array of departmental seminars, workshops, and non-classroom experiences to enhance their undergraduate experience, Lovett said.
“Unfortunately, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds often cannot avail themselves of these services and programs because they must seek year-round employment to support their college education,” Lovett added.
In response, the College has implemented a new program, PERSIST in Biology and Chemistry, aimed at assisting economically disadvantaged students majoring in biology or chemistry. The program is made possible by a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
PERSIST (Program to Enhance Retention of Students in Science Trajectories) in Biology and Science will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. The four-year program will also provide enhanced student-support services with the goal of increasing the number of students from underserved groups who will eventually seek careers or graduate-school placement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
Lovett was the principal investigator on the grant, and will direct the PERSIST program. He will be joined by co-principal investigators Lynn Bradley, associate professor of chemistry; Benny Chan, assistant professor of chemistry; Miriam Segura-Totten, assistant professor of biology; and Jeffrey Osborn, dean of the School of Science, in implementing the program.
Posted on November 10, 2008