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Duquesne, Bayer Foundation Encourage Women, Minorities in Science Fields

Duquesne University has received an $800,000, eight-year grant from the Bayer Foundation to fund a new scholar/intern program for female and minority students in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. The initiative will address a shared concern for improving diversity in the academic setting and the scientific work force.

“Women and minorities have traditionally been underrepresented in industrial research,” explained Dr. David Seybert, dean of the Bayer School. “Bayer’s generosity will help us to attract the best and brightest undergraduate prospects. Through financial aid, extensive laboratory experience and immersion in Bayer’s distinctive corporate culture, our Bayer scholar/interns will emerge better prepared for successful careers or graduate studies.”

Four students demonstrating exceptional interest and potential for achievement in the chemical and material sciences will be selected in each of the next five years. As freshmen and sophomores, each will receive scholarship support, serve as laboratory assistants, participate in undergraduate research projects and visit Bayer industrial research labs. During their junior and senior years, Bayer scholars will receive enhanced scholarships and take part in intensive summer internships at the company’s facilities.

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