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Duquesne Dean Addresses STEM Diversity in Higher Education Session

On April 18, the forum Bridging the Gap: STEM Diversity and US Higher Education: Recruiting, Retaining and Reinvigorating College STEM Programs examined the undergraduate college environment in which students of divergent genders and nationalities-women, African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians-make their career decisions.

The forum originated from a new report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in STEM, along with a survey produced by the Bayer Corp. The survey polled STEM chairs at the nation's top 200 research universities about efforts to recruit minority gender and nationalities that are represented in smaller quantities across campuses.

Seybert discussed the Bayer Scholars Program initiative to enhance diversity in the academic setting and scientific work force at Duquesne. Funded in part by an $800,000, eight-year grant from the Bayer USA Foundation, the program targeting women and minority students accepts academically talented and motivated freshman chemistry or environmental chemistry majors.

The program, which provides financial aid, mentoring and research and internship experiences, is succeeding in attracting and retaining more diverse students in the chemical field.

The event, hosted by the Bayer Corporation, included Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, as well as representatives from colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, and business, education and higher education and science organizations.

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