$1 million NSF award for STAMPS

Repost from Campus Weekly

The National Science Foundation has awarded one million dollars to support Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) at UNCG. The National Science Foundation will support a collaborative effort proposed by faculty and staff within UNCG’s College of Arts and Science, School of Education, and University Teaching and Learning Commons.

STAMPS will enroll at least 47 academically talented and financially challenged minority, female and first-generation college students, to complete their college degrees in the STEM disciplines in four years. This diverse group of first-year STEM students will participate in a yearlong integrated science course, designed to create a cohort which will be supported by faculty mentors, student support services and peer mentors.

The STAMPS students will have outstanding opportunities, including access to undergraduate research, STEM speakers, travel experiences and facilitated shadowing at the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The goal is to matriculate and then graduate all STAMPS scholars into STEM careers or graduate school programs; identify and support a diverse community of STEM learners; create and sustain a supportive environment for STAMPS scholars that becomes self-sustaining and discover what works, and why, and share this knowledge with a broad audience.

The STAMPS project personnel are associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and biology professor Stanley Faeth, Ayesha Boyce of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education, Jeffrey Patton of the Geography department, Lee Phillips, director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office and Lynn Sametz, who leads Research and Instruction in STEM Education at UNCG.