The National Science Foundation has awarded one million dollars to support the Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) Program at UNCG. The award will support a collaborative effort proposed by faculty and staff within UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the University Teaching and Learning Commons.
STAMPS will enroll a cohort of at least 47 academically-talented and financially-challenged minority, female and first-generation college students, who will work toward completing their college degrees in the STEM disciplines in four years. This diverse group of first-year STEM students will participate in a year-long integrated science course, and the cohort will be supported by faculty mentors, student support services, and peer mentors.
The STAMPS students will have outstanding opportunities, including access to undergraduate research, STEM speakers, travel experiences, and facilitated shadowing at the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
The goal of the STAMPS Program is to:
- Matriculate and then graduate all STAMPS scholars into STEM careers or graduate school programs;
- Identify and support a diverse community of STEM learners;
- Create and sustain a supportive environment for STAMPS scholars that becomes self-sustaining and discover what works, and why;
- Share this knowledge with a broad audience.
The STAMPS project personnel are:
- Stanley Faeth, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Office of Research
- Ayesha Boyce, Assistant Professor in the Educational Research Methodology Department of the School of Education
- Jeffrey Patton, Professor in the Geography department of the College of Arts & Sciences
- Lee Phillips, Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office
- Lynn Sametz, STAMPS Project Director and Facilitator of the RISE (Research and Instruction in STEM Education) Network.
To learn more about the STAMPS Program, visit their website.
(Adapted from the UNCG Campus Weekly article, January 31, 2017)