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Honors College Receives $500,000 Grant from National Science Foundation
Grant to Support High-Achieving Students
Interested in the Sciences

The National Science Foundation, through its Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program (S-STEM), has awarded the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College a $500,000 grant to support students in need of financial assistance to pursue scientific study.

“Our funded proposal will allow us to provide $1,000 to $10,000 in 'Wilkes Honors College Science Scholarships' to high achieving students with financial need who are interested in studying biology or chemistry,” said Dr. Paul Kirchman (at right), principal investigator on the grant, chair of sciences and mathematics, and associate professor of biology at the Wilkes Honors College.

Scholarships will be awarded beginning in the fall of 2007 and support approximately 15 students per year; the grant runs through Sept. 30, 2011. In addition to the scholarships, students will be eligible to apply for research opportunities with Wilkes Honors College faculty during the summer. Summer research students will receive stipends to cover the cost of living expenses.

“This grant will provide an extraordinary opportunity to high- achieving students who want to pursue an education in the natural sciences,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the Honors College. “As FAU’s most academically selective college, we are attracting students with strong backgrounds in math and science who are working with faculty members who are internationally recognized in their fields.”

For more information about the Wilkes Honors Science Scholarships, visit www.honorscollege.edu or call 1-800-920-8705.


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