Month: May 2016

Neuroscience Scholars Program – Deadline May 25th

The Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) is an extensive two-year training program open to underrepresented neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Fifteen candidates will be selected as NSP Fellows and gain additional benefits, including access to a mentoring team, complimentary access and travel to the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, and an annual travel award of $1,500 to support allowed professional development activities.

All eligible applicants will be invited to become NSP Associates gaining access to live events, webinars, a library of educational resources, and an online community for seeking career connections and scientific and professional development guidance.


  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship
  • From a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. These groups include Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and individuals with disabilities, defined as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Apply at and contact with any questions.


Bridge to the Doctorate – Texas A&M University System. Apply by May 25th!

Pending funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) LSAMP program anticipates that it will host another Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship cohort (BTD XII) for Fall 2016 at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX. The BTD program, sponsored by the NSF, is designed to encourage and support graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While establishing a bridge to assist students in obtaining doctoral degrees, the BTD program provides financial support and enrichment activities for Fellows. These activities include professional and leadership development and faculty-led mentoring. As Fellows accomplish their educational goals, the BTD community of staff and peers provides a positive support network.

TAMUS LSAMP is accepting applications NOW for the BTD XII cohort from students entering TAMU for the Fall 2016 semester. Completed applications will be evaluated on academic record, scholarly competence, and strong motivation and commitment to complete a doctoral degree in a STEM field. Eligibility criteria for applicants and benefits of the BTD program are as follows:

Eligibility Criteria:
*         Accepted into a NSF-eligible STEM graduate program (master’s thesis option or direct PhD)
*         Entering as a first-time graduate student
*         Completed (or will soon complete) an undergraduate degree at an LSAMP institution
*         U.S. citizen or permanent resident
*         Interested in research
*         Motivated and committed to pursue a PhD in a NSF-eligible STEM discipline

Program Benefits:
*         Annual stipend of $32,000 for two years
*         $12,000 allotment for educational expenses (tuition/fees, health insurance, supplies, educational travel, etc.) for two years
*         Opportunities to network and improve research and presentation skills.

Please encourage eligible prospective and incoming students to apply. Links to the application and the TAMUS LSAMP website are included below.

Application deadline is Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Samuel Merriweather at<>  or (979) 862-1070.

***This program is contingent upon funding from the National Science Foundation.***

STEM Scholarships Available! University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distance Learning Center


                                  National Science FoundationNational Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant of $630,410 to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Distance Learning Center to increase access to online master’s degree programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines. The funding will provide scholarships for full-time students of up to $10,000.

The five-year project will provide multiple scholarships annually to full-time online students pursuing graduate education in STEM fields. The overall goal is to increase the number of students in STEM disciplines and the number of employees in STEM fields, especially among underrepresented populations. In addition to providing significant scholarship opportunities, the grant will also allow UW-Platteville to provide increased support services for online students including faculty advising and mentoring, peer mentoring, faculty/student research, and networking with STEM professionals. The impact of these activities on student retention will be reviewed under the terms of the grant funding.

Step 1: Review the Scholarship Criteria to determine eligibility.  Students must meet all criteria to be eligible.
Step 2: Request degree information to select your area of study. Apply and be accepted into your chosen program.
Step 3: Apply for scholarship, after notification of program acceptance. Priority application date is July 1, 2016.

Second STEM Expo inspires future scientists, engineers



Acker Scholar, Freddy Cazares, teaches middle school students about the respiratory system and helps them build their own lung model using a plastic bottle, Play-Doh, and balloons.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – For a day, Western New York high school students stepped into the shoes of engineers and scientists at the 2016 University at Buffalo STEM Expo.

Using K’nex pieces and a scoring budget sheet, students designed bridges that were tested to see how much weight they could withstand and how much profit they made based on their design.

The second annual event drew nearly 100 students from Buffalo Public Schools and the Western New York area to the UB campus where they built hovercrafts, competed in bridge building competitions and made their own slime.

Held on April 23rd, the program is sponsored by the UB Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP); the UB Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programs (UB-STEM); and the Daniel Acker Scholars Program.

The program aims to introduce underrepresented and low-income students of color to STEM fields and stir interest in pursuing the fields in college.

Throughout the day, students also created their own model of the human lung, crafted flood alarm systems, learned how to write their names in binary code, among other STEM activities. The activities were led by undergraduate students in the UB-STEM and Acker programs.


Acker Scholar, Clinton Oka, teaching students about binary coding using pony beads.

“The STEM Expo is important because it gives us college students the opportunity to connect and reach out to younger students who have their whole future ahead of them,” says Clinton Oka, a sophomore computer science major.

“Bridging the gap between adulthood and youth, we students have the ability to view things at a level closer to the kids, compared to some adult figures and teachers. Exposing the students to the fun aspects of being a STEM major will help their academics because their interest for those subjects will be greater.”