The Bayer Scholars Program
The Bayer Scholars Program is a cooperative program between Duquesne University and the Bayer Corporation. Benefits of this program include personalized course work, original research projects both at Duquesne and at the Bayer MaterialScience Pittsburgh Campus, funded summer research experiences at Duquesne, paid summer internships at Bayer, mentoring by both Duquesne science faculty and Bayer professionals, and significant tuition scholarship support.
Applicants must be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or female, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and entering a chemical science program as a freshman student. Admission to this program is competitive and will be awarded to freshmen based on academic record, standardized test scores, and a one-page typed essay.
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The Bayer USA Foundation
The Bayer USA Foundation provided an $800,000, eight-year grant to fund a new scholar/intern program for female and minority students in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences with the goal of enhancing diversity in the academic setting and the scientific work force.
“This program is helping to attract women and minority students of exceptional potential to the chemical and material sciences fields,” said Dr. David Seybert, Dean of the Bayer School, noting that these groups traditionally have been underrepresented in industrial research. “Financial aid, laboratory research experiences, individual mentoring, and internships are integral components of the program, reflecting a common vision between Bayer and Duquesne in developing greater diversity in the field.”
“Attracting and retaining the interest of more female, African American, American Indian and Hispanic students in STEM is critical to our competitiveness individually as companies, collectively as industries and nationally as a country,” said Greg Babe, president and CEO, Bayer Corp., and president and chairman, Bayer USA Foundation. “One way to accomplish this is to give these students outstanding educational opportunities like the Bayer Scholars program at Duquesne where they get to think and act like professional scientists right at the very beginning of their college careers.”
Faculty Involvement and Corporate Mentoring
Dr. Ellen Gawalt, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, serves as faculty mentor for the Bayer Scholars Program and meets regularly with the students, who conduct research projects, starting as freshmen. The Bayer School will provide a stipend to enable these students to continue these projects during the summers of their freshmen and sophomore years.
Researchers and executives from Bayer Corporation will offer mentoring on the corporate research and business environments, allowing these students to gain an appreciation of the relationship between basic and applied research in academic and corporate settings. In their junior and senior years, the Bayer Scholars receive the opportunity to participate in significant internships at the company’s facilities.
Duquesne has augmented the contribution of the Bayer USA Foundation to ensure that all Bayer Scholars will receive full tuition scholarships during their four years of undergraduate study. Over the next four years, an additional 16 students will be selected for the program.