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KU BEARS Recognized as a Winner of the 2018 Inspiring Program in STEM Award

Student researcher exploring terrestrial vertebrates

Sept. 1, 2018

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University Bringing Experiences About Research in Summer program, known as KU BEARS, has been named a winner of the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award by Insight Into Diversity, one of the most notable diversity magazines in higher education today.   

According to the INSIGHT Into Diversity website, the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award was created to recognize colleges, universities and organizations for programs that are improving access to STEM fields for students from underrepresented groups. The award is presented to institutions whose programs inspire a new generation of young people to consider STEM careers by providing mentoring, academic and professional support, hands-on activities and research opportunities, as well as supporting working professionals.

The KU BEARS program fits within Insight Into Diversity's expectations, as it is designed to support faculty-student research pairs over the summer and help undergraduates develop research skills while providing faculty with paid student assistants. The program is open to all faculty members and to KU freshmen, sophomores and juniors, with professors being encouraged to recruit underrepresented students to their research teams. Participants live on campus for free for the duration of the program and funded projects can be allotted up to $2,000 to cover student wages. A total of $40,000 is available for the KU BEARS program for 2019. For more information about KU BEARS, visit https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/grants-and-sponsored-projects/ku-bears-funding.htm.