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Lewis University awarded nearly $1 million STEM grant

Lewis University was awarded a nearly $1 million STEM grant which it will use to help fund the educations of underrepresented students choosing to pursue a bachelor's degree in STEM. (Photo of Lewis University's Science Center.)
Lewis University was awarded a nearly $1 million STEM grant which it will use to help fund the educations of underrepresented students choosing to pursue a bachelor's degree in STEM. (Photo of Lewis University's Science Center.)

ROMEOVILLE — The office of Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, announced Tuesday that the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program awarded a $961,000 grant to Lewis University.

The money will help support the university's Biology Transitions program, which provides support to low-income students with demonstrated financial need and academic promise in STEM fields at Lewis, according to a press release. The project will go to fund 28 scholarships over five years for transfer students who choose to pursue bachelor's degrees in biological sciences.

"This grant will be a great help as Lewis advances its commitment to training students for careers in STEM fields," said Lipinski in the press release.

The university's Biology Transitions program will also increase the number of underrepresented, economically disadvantaged students who complete four-year degrees and enter the STEM workforce. The program also incorporates intensive mentoring, academic support and undergraduate research opportunities to help at least 80 percent of Biology Transitions participants will graduate.

Lipinski serves on the Science, Space and Technology committee and is the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology and is the co-chair of the Congressional STEM Education Caucus.

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