STEM Education Programs Receive Boost from the Fund

$2.1 million approved for informal STEM programs in NC

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Several STEM education programs across North Carolina have received Student STEM Enrichment grant awards from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  The Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) provides up to $180,000 over three years to support educational opportunities that take place outside of traditional classroom time. 

The Board of Directors approved $2.1 million in funding for 13 programs located throughout North Carolina.

“For more than two decades, the Fund has supported programs that provide hands-on STEM education activities,” said President Dr. John Burris.  “This provides relevant experience in STEM with the goal of enrichment and exposure in STEM fields.”

Since 1996, the Fund has provided funding to 240 organizations for a total of $36.2 million dollars in informal STEM education.  As of 2017, SSEP has reached an estimated 38,000 N.C. students.  The Fund’s giving has spanned all 100 counties in North Carolina through out-of-school time, inquiry-based STEM programming.  Selection of the programs is highly competitive.  The Fund received 89 applications from non-profit organizations across the state in 2018. 

“We aim to help improve student competence in science, “ said Program Officer Alfred Mays, who oversees the program.  “These programs help nurture a student’s enthusiasm for STEM.”

The recipients of the 2018 Student STEM Enrichment Program are:

Alamance Community College  
Medical Bridge for Minority Males (Minority Males in Medicine)

Digi-Bridge, Inc.  
Programming & Robotics Across North Carolina

Duke University  
The World We Live In: Geology, Hydrology, Climatology, Biology, Chemistry of the Environment of Northeastern North Carolina

East Carolina University  
Renewable Energy and Green Manufacturing Academy for Rural Middle School Students in Eastern North Carolina

East Carolina University  
Discoveries in Earth Science (DES) for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairments

Elizabeth City State University  
Drone Exploration Academy: Engaging Students in Real-World Engineering Design and Scientific Investigation Using Drones

Elizabeth City State University  
IMMERSE (Innovating, Mentoring, and Managing Emergency Response through STEM Enrichment)

North Carolina State University  
Falls Lake Partners in Forensic Science

Orange County Schools  
Engineering Solutions

Pfeiffer University 
Project GENES: Genetics Education for the Next Era of Science

SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education  
AASTC Scholarships for Students Experiencing Homelessness

University of North Carolina-Pembroke  
The Kids in the Garden: Bees and Pollen Studies

Wake Forest University School of Medicine  
Girls in STEM:  A Piedmont Triad Initiative