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MAX Scholar Program receives $600,000 from National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation grants $600,000 to renew MSU Mankato program.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [2-7-12]

Minnesota State University, Mankato has received $600,000 in scholarship funds from the National Science Foundation, renewing the MAX Scholar Program. The grant, titled “MAX Scholarships: Interdisciplinary Mentored Academic EXperience for STEM Success,” began August 2011 with the awarding of 31 scholarships. Those recipients were honored in January at the College of Science Engineering and Technology Scholarship Banquet.

Applications will be due on Friday March 4, 2012 for academic year 2012-13 scholarships.

The NSF grant was awarded to Drs. Rebecca Bates, Marilyn Hart, Brian Martensen and Deborah Nykanen in the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology and will be used to help fund 26 scholarships at $5,000 per year for up to four years. The grants will go to students enrolled in mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics or engineering as well as those enrolled in the Minnesota State Iron Range Engineering Program.

The grant is designed to help the university:

  • Increase the number of under-represented students in these departments;
  • Improve student retention;
  • Attract non-traditional students; and
  • Partner with community colleges to promote and provide educational opportunities over a wider geographic area.

Minnesota State Mankato offers a comprehensive program for MAX Scholars that includes support areas such as peer mentoring, career planning workshops, seminars by industry partners, opportunities to apply theory in industry settings, and professional development opportunities. MAX Scholars attend regular seminars introducing university support services and addressing broad academic and career issues. The mentors for year’s program are faculty members Marilyn Hart of Biology, Brian Martensen of Mathematics & Statistics, Sungwon Kim of Mechanical & Civil Engineering and graduate student Robyn Sellers of the Experiential Education program.

Scholars also work with faculty and industry mentors on projects that apply their discipline to real-world problems. The MAX Scholars have a strong history of presenting their research at local, regional and national conferences. The 2011-2012 scholarship recipients include: Nicholas Backes, Jose Barriga, Micahel Burdorf, Samantha Buss, Carissa Butterfield, Ashley Carlson, James Cotter, Dana Draper, Jedd Edel, Alexander Folk, Aaron Freeman, Gabriel Gomez, James Hayes, Sharmin Hossain, Dexter Jenson, Gabriel Johnston, Jennifer Lamoreux, Patrick Manfo Paguem, Maxwell Mansfield, Katherine Marking, Yusuf Opakunle, Sarah Painter, Danae Presler, Igor Radzyuk, Eric Schaupp, Jerry Schimmel, Michael Sellner, Emmy Stage, Bryce Tillman, and Evan Vidden.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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