Lexington: Transylvania University is getting $593,869 from the National Science Foundation to attract and retain math and science students over the next five years.
Most of the grant, about $520,000, will be used for scholarships, according to the university. In addition to scholarship opportunities, the money will fund guest lecturers who will talk with students about careers in science and math, and present workshops on study habits and conducting research, Transy officials said. Some money also will go for summer research projects to help prepare students for competitive opportunities outside Transylvania.
"The main focus of the grant is to give scholarships to bright students who have a serious interest in science and math," said Transylvania professor Eva Csuhai. "We want them to spend less energy worrying about financial issues and more energy on their studies."
It's all part of Transy's STEM Scholars Program, built around science, technology, engineering and mathematics.