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TWU receives $593,520 National Science Foundation grant for
From left, TWU S-STEM scholars Sheba John, Nenna Nzeocha,
Sarah Prewitt, Cameron Perry, Katie Schniebs and Rae Lynn
DENTON — Texas Woman’s University recently received
a $593,520 grant from the National Science Foundation’s
(NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The grant, which is distributed
over a four-year period, will be used to fund scholarships
to TWU undergraduate students majoring in the STEM fields.
This fall TWU awarded
the first S-STEM scholarships of $5,000-$10,000 to Sheba John,
a biochemistry senior from Carrollton; Rae Lynn McFarlin,
a mathematics and chemistry junior from Bonham; Nenna Nzeocha,
a biology sophomore from Houston; Cameron Perry, a chemistry
senior from Houston; Sarah Prewitt, a biology and mathematics
senior from Garland; and Katie Schniebs, a mathematics junior
According to Dr.
DiAnna Hynds, the program’s director and TWU assistant
professor of biology, the goal of the TWU S-STEM program is
to attract students from diverse backgrounds to the STEM fields.
to prepare these students to be successful in their careers,
thus meeting the state’s need for skilled professionals
in math, science and technology,” she said.
Another goal of
the TWU S-STEM program is to introduce TWU students and prospects
to careers at the forefront of STEM, such as the developing
TWU computational biology program. Adopting the motto “rewarding
outstanding scholars – combining pioneering fields,”
the TWU S-STEM program is a joint effort involving faculty
in the departments of biology and mathematics and computer
Dr. Hynds and her
fellow S-STEM program co-directors Dr. Brian W. Beck (biology),
Dr. Junalyn Navarra-Madsen (mathematics and computer science)
and Dr. Marie-Anne Demuynck (mathematics and computer science)
administer the program and mentor the S-STEM students to ensure
they meet their academic goals. The group meets periodically
to discuss classes, research projects and other issues to
facilitate a successful academic experience for the students.
For more information
about the TWU S-STEM program, visit www.twu.edu/sstem.
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