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Students Receive $79,860 in STEM Scholarships

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: Jul 22, 2015

A grant from the National Science Foundation is helping ASU students majoring in STEM fields to continue their education and fulfill their career aspirations.


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Twenty-seven ASU students will benefit from a National Science Foundation grant totaling nearly $80,000. The grant will assist students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This is the fourth consecutive year that ASU has received the grant.

Dr. Manoj Mishra, associate professor of biology and the director of Cancer Biology Research and Training program, serves as principal investigator, while Elijah Nyairo, an instructor of chemistry, and Rick Drake, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, are co-principal investigators. 

Mishra said this highly competitive national scholarship helps provide educational support for future generations of scientists.

“This grant has helped more than 100 STEM students in the last four years,” Mishra said. “This assistance helps in increasing the graduation and retention rate at ASU in STEM disciplines such as biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer science.

Mishra added that the the S-STEM (Scholarships-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program also provides funds to hire two peer-tutors in the STEM disciplines. 
Sadaf Gul, a senior majoring in biology, said winning this scholarship has given her a chance to fulfill her career aspirations.
“The S-STEM Scholarship helped me tremendously in achieving my goals throughout my undergraduate years. This program also kept me focused on my goals and on track with my education,” Gul said. “The S-STEM program is a highly important program to me, and it (has) played a big role in (obtaining) my degree.”

Eligibility requirements for the scholarship include a grade point averages of 3.0 or higher and demonstration of financial need. Students are required to complete an application package, which includes their research interests.

A selection committee was convened to select eligible students based on the criteria.

“As long as students maintains their academic performance GPA of 3.0 and above, they will receive the scholarship,” Mishra said.

In addition to Gul, the following students were awarded scholarships:

  • Chantai Harris (Senior, Biology)
  • Danchel Boone (Senior, Biology)
  • Jadacia Ponder (Junior, Biology)
  • Anterria Nealy (Senior, Chemistry)
  • Nia Perkins (Senior, Math)
  • William Lewis (Sophomore, Computer Science)
  • Donna Thomas (Senior, Chemistry)
  • Brandon Collins (Junior, Biology)
  • Kawanna Cannon (Senior, Biology)
  • Zain Abidin (Junior, Biology)
  • Uriel Rose (Senior, Biology)
  • Erica Ware (Junior, Biology)
  • Cadedra Price (Junior, Biology)
  • Julianna Sanders (Senior, Biology)
  • Devonte Haralson (Senior, Chemistry)
  • Haley Jackson (Junior, Chemistry)
  • Nakia Cross (Senior, Biology)
  • Amber Hendon (Junior, Biology)
  • Ashley Ellis (Senior, Computer Information Systems)
  • Joselyn Miller Miller (Junior, Biology)
  • Jasmine Young (Junior, Biology)
  • Kimberly Williams (Junior, Biology)
  • Shaquetta Reese (Senior, Chemistry)
  • Ianni Duncun  (Senior, Biology)
  • Brittany Nikezin (Sophomore, Math)
  • Luanda Billups (Sophomore, Biology)

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