S-STEM Scholarship Program
Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The scholarship program was offered for students considering enrollment in Saint Vincent College’s Biology Scholars: Literature, Laboratory and Leadership Program during a three year period. Dr. Jennifer Koehl, Biology is the principal investigator in this program and Dr. Jim Kellam (Biology), Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B. (Biology) and Dr. Stephen Jodis (Dean) are co-investigators.
The program provided funding for 18 scholarships that high school seniors were able to apply for (six each for the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years) valued at up to $40,000 each over four years. No new scholarships will be awarded after the 2015-16 academic year. Students in the program continue with the activities and requirements of the scholarship through their senior years.
Applicants needed to reside in the Pennsylvania counties of Mercer, Venango, Butler, Jefferson, Carbon, Monroe or Schuylkill, one of the Beaver County school districts of Blackhawk, Riverside Beaver, South Side Area or Western Beaver, or one of the Erie County school districts of Corry, Fairview, Fort LeBoeuf, General McLane, North East, Northwestern, Union City or Wattsburg. Applicants must also have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a U.S. citizen with financial need.
The scholarship award requires the student to major in biology at Saint Vincent and participate in clubs, fulfill sophomore rotations, meet with career services annually and attend or present at a local, national or international research conference in the junior or senior year.
While the scholarship awarding phase has completed, the program continues with the students currently in the program.
The program used several pieces of information in selecting awardees including: High school grade point average; unofficial copy of SAT or ACT scores broken into the major divisions; class rank, if available; information on achievements attained in science, technology (computer), engineering and/or mathematics courses; letter of reference from a biology teacher that addresses the student’s enthusiasm for the study of biology; information on extracurricular activities, leadership roles and community service activities; essay, using specific examples, that describes why the student is drawn to the field of biology.
Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Koehl at 724-805-2357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013-14 Awardees: Six freshman biology majors at Saint Vincent College have been named S-STEM Scholars for the 2013-14 Academic year and awarded four-year scholarships valued at up to $40,000 each. Aaron, right, a sophomore biology major who is serving as the S-STEM upper class leader, congratulates the recipients, from left, Hannah, Erica, Esther, Kara, Alyson and Kayla.
The 2014-15 Awardees: Five freshman biology majors at Saint Vincent College have been named S-STEM Scholars for the 2014-15 Academic year and awarded four-year scholarships valued up to $40,000 each based on strong academics and need.
Matthew, right, a sophomore biology major who is serving as the S-STEM upper class leader, congratulates the recipients, from left, Emily, Garret, Kathryn and Carrie. Absent from photo is Rachel.
The 2015-16 Awardees, from left, Peter, Maddie, Rebecca, Rachel, Bailey, Lauren and Luke
Class of 2017, Hanna, Kara, Erica, Kayla, Esther. Absent from the photo is Alyson
Class of 2017, Hanna, Kara, Erica, Kayla, Esther, and upper class mentor, Aaron
Class of 2018 Kathryn, Rachel, Carrie, Garrett, Emily and upper class mentor Matthew (Class of 2017)
The Three S-STEM Cohorts (Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019)
The S-STEM students, Dr. Koehl and Br. Albert Gahr O.S.B.
Conferences, Presentations and Publications
Neuroscience, San Diego, November 2016 (from left to right, Carrie, Marissa, and Dr. Michael Rhodes)
Conferences Attended but not Presented at
- Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ABASM) Annual Meeting at Penn State University – Behrend campus, November 2016
- ABASM Annual Meeting at University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg, November 2015
- Tri-Beta Regional Meeting, April 2016