BWF Invests in N.C. Science Education Programs

November 12, 2008

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is pleased to announce the 13 grant recipients of the 2009 Student Science Enrichment Program awards.  Elementary schools were eligible for the first time during this cycle.

The Student Science Enrichment Program supports diverse out-of-school programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in hands-on scientific activities and pursue inquiry-based exploration.  Recipients of the program are selected by an advisory committee and finalized by the BWF Board of Directors. 

Since 1996, BWF has invested $20 million in hands-on science education programs across North Carolina reaching 27,000 students through 141 awards to 69 different organizations.  Nonprofit institutes such as public and private schools, universities and colleges, museums, and community/science organizations in North Carolina are eligible for SSEP awards. 

“We are pleased to provide opportunities for so many students to discover the joys of science in rich learning environments,” said Dr. John Burris, president of BWF.  “The award recipients will receive more than just financial support.  They will join a network of organizations across the state dedicated to bettering science education in North Carolina.”

Grant recipients of the 2009 Student Science Enrichment Program are:

Carolina Electric Vehicle Coalition
Smartt Challenge High School Program:  Promoting Science Education through Renewable Transportation Technologies

Catawba College
Catawba Conservation Camp

Cherokee Elementary School
Sensational Science Saturdays

Durham Public Schools
Scientifica: DPS Nurturing Future Scientists

North Carolina Central University
Students Making Another Science Success Story

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation
Labs for Learning

Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council
Girl Scouts Design and Discover

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Space Science Lab

Scotland County Schools
Quality Education through Science Teams

Southeastern Community College
Summer Science Camp in Invasive Species

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program

Webb A. Murray Elementary School
Adventure de Ciencia: Connecting Science Content to Our World!

West Marion Elementary School
Unlocking the Mysteries!  Guiding Students to Look at the World as a Science Experiment

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.