NSF S-STEM: Iona Development of Excellence in Science through Intervention, Resilience, and Enrichment (DESIRE) Program
Please visit the NSF DESIRE Scholar Spotlight page for a list of recent recipients.
Iona College has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Computer Science. The goal of NSF S-STEM Program – Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is to increase the number of undergraduates on a successful path to pursue further education and careers in STEM.
The award will support economically disadvantaged students with high academic aptitude, for scholarships in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Computer Science, through the Iona College Development of Excellence in Science through Intervention, Resilience, and Enrichment (DESIRE) Program.
The objectives are to:
Recruit, to the Iona DESIRE Program, new academically talented students with significant demonstrated financial need.
Develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills of STEM students, as well as their social conscience and ethical viewpoints, in order to support and integrate the five dimensions for success in STEM fields: Academic, Professional, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and Intercultural.
Support retention in STEM, degree completion, and the professional success of Iona DESIRE scholars.
Principal Investigator (PI): Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Chemistry
Co-PIs: Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., Computer Science; Kathleen Kristian, Ph.D., Chemistry; Smiljana Petrovic, Ph.D., Computer Science; Mychel Varner, Ph.D., Chemistry
Senior Personnel: Katherine Zaromatidis, Ph.D., Psychology; Jason Diffenderfer, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning; Bernadette Wright, Ph.D., External Evaluator, Meaningful Evidence, LLC, Washington, D.C.
See program details for more information.
The Iona S-STEM Scholarship program is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF-SSTEM Award No. 1643737.
Contact: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.