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Boyer School Welcomes Six New 'STEP Fellows'

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Posted: Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

Oct. 23, 2012

Dr. Stephen Jodis, right, dean of the Saint Vincent College Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, recently welcomed six freshmen as Fellows funded in part by the National Science Foundation through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP). The Fellows are, from left, Michael Couser, a biochemistry major from Belle Vernon; Alexis Oropallo, a biochemistry major from Friedens; Charles Smith, a biology major and biotechnology minor from Hancock, Maryland; Omena Igbayo, a biochemistry major from Brooklyn, New York; and Lydia Houllion, a bioinformatics major from Worthington. Absent from photo is Conor Sterling, a bioinformatics major from York. Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships which are partially funded by the National Science Foundation through STEP, a national initiative to increase global competitiveness in the sciences. Selection is based on both scholastic performance and financial need. The students participate in the Collaborative Learning Program (CLP) for two years which provides supplemental instruction in the rigorous courses of their majors. Fellows must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or demonstrate satisfactory academic progress throughout their undergraduate careers, graduating with a major in bioinformatics or biochemistry or a minor in biotechnology.

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