4 Year NSF Funded Science Scholarships

science students sit on the dock on campusSaint Joseph’s College has been awarded a $647,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars Program. This program began in 2017 to encourage academically-talented students who have demonstrated need of financial assistance to enter into and succeed in a community of young scientists.

The grant provides considerable scholarship aid, up to $7,200 per year, for each of the recipient’s four years in college.

This aid is in addition to potential merit and other aid a student may receive. The new group of Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars will be selected from first-year students entering in the fall of 2021 who are committed to pursuing a range of science fields, including: chemistry, biology, environmental science, biochemistry, and marine science.

Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars

The selected Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars will benefit from receiving:

  • Four years of scholarship support at levels generally ranging from $5,000 to $7,200 each of four years

  • A field experience prior to the freshman fall

  • Science Scholar seminars, conferences, and research experiences

  • Support from faculty and upperclassmen mentors

  • Use of a mac airbook laptop for four years

Who Should Apply

Science Scholars for Fall 2021 will be selected from entering first-year students who are majoring in biology, environmental, chemistry, biochemistry, or marine science.

Scholarship Criteria and Application Process

Scholarship awardees must:

  • Be a US citizen, a National of the United States (as defined in Section 101 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), an alien admitted as a refugee under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

  • Demonstrate success in high school coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and other STEM-related courses.

  • Submit SAT scores (optional).

  • Demonstrate financial need.

  • Enroll as a first-year, full-time student.

  • Express commitment to major in one of the following STEM disciplines: biology, environmental science, biochemistry, chemistry, marine science.

  • Maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and remain on track to graduate in four years.

  • science scholar students on field trip to the ocean
  • ESS student with meter
  • ESS students at Wells Estuary

“This National Science Foundation grant allows us to recruit and graduate some of the best science students from New England and beyond. With these funds, we can offer greater access to higher education in the sciences, offer an innovative approach to science career development, and help meet the growing workforce needs in STEM fields.”

Student Research

Julia has been working closely with science faculty on measuring the levels of mercury in fish. This research is the start of many opportunities for Science Scholar students.

“These research projects are broadening my knowledge on topics discussed in my science classes and also are opening my eyes to the many jobs that are in the science field. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of the program alongside students and professors who are as passionate about science as I am.”

Julia Heroux, science scholarJulia Heroux ’22, Biochemistry, National Science Foundation Scholar

Jacob is researching with Dr. Mark Green to find a solution to combat ocean acidification which dissolves juvenile clam shells. They are collaborating with other universities across the country.

“I applied the skills I learned from science labs to my research and also learned new skills that will benefit me in class and in my career. On a larger scale, the work we have started has potential to progress into a way to decrease juvenile bivalve mortality in the future. This effect would help to increase the number of bivalves surviving to adulthood where they can be harvested for food.”

Jacob Huberdeau, science scholarJacob Huberdeau ’22, Environmental Science, National Science Foundation Scholar

In the Geology of the Southwest course, Amanda traveled to Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California. She’s also participated in our 10-week, hands on immersive in the field, Environmental Science Semester.

“Rather than learning from a classroom or online, we learned on the beaches of Cape Cod, at the top of Mount Washington, and sailed on a schooner up the coast of Maine. If I wasn’t part of the SSTEM Scholars Program, I might not have decided to come to SJC and I wouldn’t have been able to travel or learn so much in just three semesters.”

Amanda Darby, science scholarAmanda Darby ’23, Double major in Marine Science and Environmental Science, National Science Foundation Scholar

Through Science Scholars and Environmental Science Semester, Valerie has found that an immersive style of learning is far more effective than a traditional in-class science course and has improved her understanding of the natural world and her ability to think like a scientist.

“The Science Scholars program at SJC has been a very important aspect of my college education. This program has allowed me to get to know my professors first-hand and has given me a unique experience that will stand out to employers and provide me with an education I need to be successful in the field of science.”

Valerie Neuhausser, science scholarValerie Neuhausser ’22, Double major in Biology and Environmental Science, National Science Foundation Scholar
President Jim Dlugos

President James Dlugos, Ph.D.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to recruit excellent science students with diverse backgrounds and have them choose our Science Scholars Program. With our access to Sebago Lake, the Gulf of Maine, the White Mountains, and coastal estuaries, Saint Joseph’s College students not only study science, but will work as a community of scientists in the lab and field. We’re confident that our Science Scholars program can serve as a model for other programs across the country.”

Dr. Steven Jury, Associate Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator

“We have biomedical corporations approach us and ask, ‘How can we increase the pipeline of science students who are available to recruit? We are having trouble filling available positions.’ Nationally, there is a shortage of critical thinkers and problem solvers in the science fields. We are trying to address this by creating a new model for science education at the college level.”

Dr. Johan Erikson, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Co-Principal Investigator

“The Science Scholars program fosters building a community of scientists, helping science students to become part of a team, part of something even bigger than the College.”

Dr. Marion Young, Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Principal Investigator

As the social scientist on the grant, Dr. Young will research the impact of science student participation in the grant-funded program on their persistence through the four-year college experience and after graduation.