The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has received a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help the success of under-represented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Diversity is a source of strength, creativity and innovation at ESF. We are very grateful for this grant, which will help our college continue its recruitment and retention initiatives to help students navigate and succeed in their college experience, ”said Dr. Malika. Carter, head of diversity at ESF. “Diversifying the STEM workforce is one of the country’s main challenges and a key objective of the ESF. This grant helps support our efforts to prepare our students for 21st century STEM careers and ultimately strengthen the national talent pool. “
The ESF received the funds in partnership with six other regional colleges: Ithaca College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Utica College, SUNY Cortland, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Herkimer County Community College. Together, they form the Central New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Alliance and will share a $ 2 million grant to work to double the number of bachelor’s degrees earned in STEM fields within five years.
The ESF will receive $ 250,000 over the next five years to fund the ESF-led project Extend the STEM Pipeline to ESF: Mentoring, Research and Graduate School. The grant will enable the ESF to provide highly qualified students from under-represented minority groups with mentors, research opportunities and financial support as part of their studies or career in STEM. ESF LSAMP fellows will develop their research skills and participate in STEM career awareness and preparation programs. The ESF is the only CNY LSAMP college to offer a doctorate. programs that are only STEM focused.
“The ESF is committed to promoting diversity and supporting the success of minority students on our campus. This NSF grant will provide our students with dynamic research opportunities while mastering college-level academic skills and completing their STEM degrees on time, ”said Joanie, ESF President. Mahoney. “
The ESF grant was secured by the College’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, led by Dr. Carter and Dr. Lizette Rivera, Director of Student Inclusion Initiatives and Special Assistant of the head of diversity. The Bureau will manage the program over the next five years.
Through CNYLA, LSAMP fellows will also participate in collaborative programming with other alliance members, including a summer bridging program that provides orientation to alliance institutions, academic skills building workshops and research, networking opportunities and information on four-year schools and programs for community college students; first undergraduate research; a symposium where students will present research and network with students and faculty from other alliance schools; and mentoring of faculty and peers.
To learn more about this program and information about the ESF LSAMP scholarship program, visit esf.edu/ide/lsamp.
About SUNY ESF
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to studying the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy and management environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from associate in applied sciences to doctorate in philosophy. ESF students live, study, and research on the main Syracuse, NY campus, and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.
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