Worcester State University offers free immersive lab course in environmental science to diverse incoming STEM students

April 21, 2023
By: Worcester State University News

A new program funded by a $500,000 grant from the NOAA Office of Education will allow Worcester State University to offer a free, immersive lab course in environmental science to diverse incoming STEM students. The six-week program will run during the summer before the fall semester begins.

The program aims to introduce students to the college environment by providing free housing, a $2,500 stipend, and training in math, as well as free meals and lodging for students at Worcester State University. The aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for first-generation and/or ALANA/BIPOC (African, Latine, Asian, Native American and/or Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students interested in climate science and environmental science research to gain subject-area knowledge and college experience.

According to Dr. Nabin Malakar, and Dr. Daron Barnard, who are the principal investigator and co-principal investigator on the project, the program aims to emphasize the cross-disciplinary nature of research and teach students from different fields, developing a student cohort and network to learn from each other, including resources on campus and how to navigate academics at Worcester State.

“We are excited to offer a paid summer STEM bridge program,” said Malakar. “This is an amazing chance for students to work with experts in the field and gain hands-on knowledge about the subject while kick-starting their college experience.”

The course will meet in person from July 10 to August 24, 2023. Students interested in this program can find more information and apply for the program online. The deadline for applications is May 13, 2023.

Assistant Professor Malakar and Professor Barnard will host an informational session on Zoom on Monday, May 8, at 5 p.m. Students are invited to join this session to find out more about the opportunity and to ask questions.

To register for this session, please contact Dr. Daron Barnard at dbarnard@worcester.edu or Dr. Nabin Malakar at nmalakar@worcester.edu.

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