Saint Joseph’s to recruit, fund exceptional science students

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Saint Joseph's student Haley Batchelder studies the sediment chemistry at Sebago Lake. A new grant will enchance the college's efforts to have student scientists conduct research in the community.

STANDISH — Saint Joseph’s College has been awarded a federal grant totaling more than $600,000 that will allow the school to create a new scholarship program for science students.

The $647,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will jump start the college’s Science Scholars Program, which the college says will support “academically-talented students” with a “demonstrated need of financial assistance” in their pursuit of joining a variety of scientific fields.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to recruit excellent science students with diverse backgrounds and have them choose our Science Scholars Program,” Dr. Steven Jury, assistant professor of biology at the college and the principal investigator on the grant said in a press release.

“With our access to Sebago Lake, the Gulf of Maine, the White Mountains and coastal estuaries, Saint Joseph’s College students not only study science, but will work as a community of scientists in the lab and field. We’re confident that our Science Scholars program can serve as a model for other programs across the country,” Jury said.

The program will offer selected students $5,000 to $7,200 per year in scholarship aid for each of their four years at the school, according to the release. The program will begin for selected students in the fall of 2018, and will also provide other support, including the use of a laptop while at the school, seminar and research opportunities, mentor support and a one-week field opportunity before their freshman fall.

Saint Joseph’s President Dr. James Dlugos said in the release that that the grant will help draw talented science students to the school.

“This National Science Foundation grant allows us to recruit and graduate some of the best science students from New England and beyond,” Dlugos said. “With these funds, we can offer greater access to higher education in the sciences, offer an innovative approach to science career development, and help meet the growing workforce needs in STEM fields. Since the college has built new science laboratories this past year, it’s an opportune time for students to consider studying science at Saint Joseph’s College.”

Matt Junker can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or mjunker@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @MattJunker.

Saint Joseph’s student Haley Batchelder studies the sediment chemistry at Sebago Lake. A new grant will enchance the college’s efforts to have student scientists conduct research in the community.

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