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08-10-2017

National Science Foundation Awards Clarkson University Grant to Recruit & Retain Under-represented Minority Students into STEM Programs

Clarkson University is one of seven partner institutions of New York State's Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to strengthen the pipeline between two- and four-year institutions.

Biology major Philomina Yeboah '18 of Bronx, NY, performs research in the laboratory of Professor of Biology Craig Woodworth.Since 2007, the seven partner institutions of New York State's Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Clarkson University, Cornell University, Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University) have developed activities to recruit and retain under-represented minority (URM) students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs of study and careers.

The ULSAMP project goal is to collectively graduate 860 STEM URM students per year by the end of the upcoming five-year project period, a 40 percent increase over 2015-2016, by improving the recruitment, academic success, and persistence of URM students in STEM majors. In particular, the alliance's goal is to expand, refine and study best practices for preparing community college students for successful transition into four-year STEM programs.

At Clarkson, led by principal investigator Cathy McNamara and site coordinator Marjorie Warden, the program provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate research as a catalyst to build pathways for our students and create a pipeline to produce global researchers and scholars.

The alliance activities will be enhanced by undertaking a research study to investigate the role of research experiences, faculty mentoring and the community college pipeline on the persistence and graduation of URM students and the implications of these initiatives for increasing representation of URM students in STEM.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University is one of seven partner institutions of New York State's Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to strengthen the pipeline between two- and four-year institutions. Above, Biology major Philomina Yeboah '18 of Bronx, N.Y., performs research in the laboratory of Professor of Biology Craig Woodworth.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/pyeboah.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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