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  • Bio STEM

    School of Health & Natural Sciences

    STEM Scholarship for Biology Majors

    Awards up to $10,000 per year for eligible incoming freshman bio majors.
Mercy College's STEM Scholars Program in Biology (SSB)

Mercy College has been awarded a five-year grant form the National Science Foundation's Scholarship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM). We are one of six partner institutions participating in the grant.

Through the grant Mercy College will provide up to 24 scholarships with as much as $10,000 per year to incoming first-year biology students. 

Our goal is to increase the number of talented biology majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors.

Scholarship Benefits
  • Students receive a high-quality laptop computer for use thought the program
  • STEM-focused freshmen "CATALYST" program designed to enhance community building and facilitate student success
  • Personalized faculty and peer mentoring program
  • All inclusive travel to annual SSB Institute in Washington, DC with scholars from partner schools
  • STEM opportunities, including faculty-student research/project-based learning as well as a seminar series by scientists
  • Graduate school/career preparation

Features of the program:

Innovative curriculum that engages students in authenitc classroom based research experiences and project-based learning.

Students engage in research with faculty in the areas of:

  • Neuroscience - Mechanisms of neuroprotection from oxidative stress
  • Microbiology - Antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - Regulation of the assembly of synaptic contacts
  • Developmental Biology - Regulation of neural crest cell migration during development
  • Computational Biochemistry - Development of fluorescent nucleic acid bases

Newly renovated teaching and research labs, including a dedicated cell culture facility.

State-of-the-art equipment, including: DNA sequence, HPLC machine, real-time PCR machine, in vivo microinjection and electroporation instruments, and fluorescence microscopes.

Application Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • Must be Pell eligible
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Enrolled as a full-time, first-year student
  • Intend to enroll in Biology
Contact Us

For more information on the SSB program or the NSF S-STEM grant contact:

Dr. Anthony Canger


Dr. Renee Haskew-Layton