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Ashland University Science Scholars Program

Ashland University, supported by the National Science Foundation S-STEM Program, is pleased to offer the AU Science Scholars Program. The program provides renewable scholarships to outstanding students with financial need who are majoring in a natural science discipline at AU (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics, or toxicology), who plan to pursue a career in science, and who are selected to join the program.  Two cohorts of incoming freshmen were selected to join the program in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018.   A limited number of positions are available in the program for community college students who are transferring to Ashland University in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

Features of the AU Science Scholars program include:

  1. Guidance from faculty, peer, and alumni mentors
  2. Participation in a learning community with fellow AU Science Scholars
  3. Enhanced career-preparation programming for the science field
  4. Renewable scholarships ranging in amounts from $4,000-$6,000 per year

In order to be eligible for consideration to join the Ashland University Science Scholars Program in 2019, applicants must:

  • be accepted to Ashland University prior to completing the Science Scholars Program application (see transfer student admission)
  • be a community college student who will transfer to Ashland University with junior status (minimum 60 hours)
  • have a college/university GPA of at least 3.0 
  • be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee alien
  • declare a natural science major
  • be a full-time student once at Ashland University
  • file the FAFSA
  • complete the Science Scholars Program application--link to the left (applications will be considered on a rolling basis)   

Science Scholars Program Activities

As part of the Ashland University Science Scholars Program, students participate in internship and career preparation workshops, attend talks given by experts in science, and travel off-campus to visit various science facilities and jobsites.  Highlights of recent program activities follow.

STEM Career and Internship Videos

As part of Ashland University's S-STEM grant, as outside speakers and alumni interact with the AU Science Scholars, and as Scholars or other selected Ashland University students participate in research and internships, video interviews are being conducted to document activities for futher use.  These interviews not only focus on careers, internships, and graduate programs, but also focus on the individuals' path and interest in science.   Selected video links from 2017-2018 are shared below:

Dr. Marie Southerland (graduate study in science)  In Fall 2017, Ashland University biochemistry alumna Marie Southerland spoke to the AU Science Scholars about her experience as a graduate student and about preparation for graduate school in the sciences.  Marie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oberlin College.  -- FileMarie Southerland: STEM Internship and Career Videos

Ms. Emily Law (NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates)  In Fall 2017, Ashland University physics and math double major Emily Law spoke to the AU Science Scholars about her participation in two NSF REUs.  Her presentation was part of a workshop for the Science Scholars on possible internships in academic labs (both on-campus and off-campus).  -- FileEmily Law: STEM Internship and Career Videos

Mr. Chris May (Director of Restoration, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan)  In Fall 2017, the Ashland University Science Scholars Program welcomed Mr. Chris May who gave a lecture about "Landscape Restoration and Conservation of Coastal Wetlands in Western Lake Erie" (VIDEO link to entire presentation).  This talk was part of the 2017-2018 annual Environmental Science lecture series, which was co-sponsored by the S-STEM program.  -- FileChris May: STEM Internship and Career Video

Dr. Ofer Reizes (Laura J. Fogerty Endowed Chair for Uterine Cancer Research, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute)  As the inagural speaker in a new lecture series that is part of the AU S-STEM project, the "Lab to Market Speaker Series", Dr. Ofer Reizes gave a lecture about "Clinical Problems and Drug Development for Gynecological Cancers".  The purpose of the Lab to Market Speaker Series is to expose students to how new knowledge, derived from scientific research, is brought to industry or clinic; which, in turn, results in benefits for society.  Dr. Reizes also sat for an interview in which he outlined his career path and preparation advice for students. -- FileOfer Reizes: STEM Internship and Career Videos

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1643489 (DUE).

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Questions concerning the AU Science Scholars program can be directed to:
Dr. Perry Corbin
Professor of Chemistry

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