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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


Cartwright announces $645,814 National Science Foundation Grant to The University of Scranton

Apr 5, 2018
Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the University of Scranton has received a $645,814 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue to promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

With this grant from the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the University of Scranton will provide scholarships to 25 students who have demonstrated academic achievement and a need for financial assistance. The project, entitled “STEM in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” is under the direction of Janice Voltzow, a professor of biology, and supports students who are pursuing bachelor's degrees in the STEM disciplines of biology, chemistry, computing science, mathematics, and physics/electrical engineering.

“I am a strong advocate for the work of the National Science Foundation,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee. “Investments in institutions like the University of Scranton, and its students, are important for economic growth. Science scholarship leads to new inventions, new products, and new solutions to our nation’s challenges.”

“We’re very excited to receive this award,” said Janice Voltzow, Professor of Biology, University of Scranton. It represents a tremendous opportunity for low-income, academically talented students from our region to graduate with a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) from The University of Scranton. We hope to help these students develop their identities as professionals in STEM fields. We plan to invite our first cohort of Royal Scholars for fall 2018; the program will continue over the next five years.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation, and discovery that provide the groundwork for economic growth. It is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.