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University of Dayton part of $526,630 National Science Foundation project

The University of Dayton is among three schools the National Science Foundation awarded $526,630 to create research experiences for undergraduates studying STEM for social change defined by United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Led by faculty at UD, Central State University and St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, students in the 10-week summer program will explore responsible production and consumption of goods, including ways to reuse or recycle; access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; technologies that provide an inclusive, equitable education; and using materials to treat contaminated water. 

"Our goal is to mentor the next generation of STEM professionals to foster their STEM identity development and research skills to create positive social change," said Kenya Crosson, associate dean for faculty and staff affairs and research in UD's School of Engineering, who will lead the project. "In addition to the faculty at the schools, students in the program will work with organizations that advance scientific discovery, knowledge and technology to achieve the U.N.'s sustainable development goals."

Open to undergraduate students nationwide studying science, technology, engineering and math, the program provides a $6,000 stipend, housing and meals at the campus hosting that summer's session; professional development workshops on laboratory safety, research ethics, creating resumes, applying to graduate school, effective scientific communication, research skills, and community engagement; and networking opportunities.

The University of Dayton will host in summer 2024 before going to Central State University in 2025 and St. Mary's University in 2026.

Visit the program's webpage for more information and to apply. Applicants must be a full-time student majoring in a STEM field, or can be an undeclared science or engineering major in some cases, and not have completed their third year in college. 

UD's Ethos Center, which for more than 20 years has created learning experiences for students to work with local, regional, and global partners on technology to improve societal outcomes, also will be part of the project.

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