Notre Dame university wins grant for STEM scholarships

The newly renamed Notre Dame of Maryland University has received a grant of $450,000 to award annual scholarships to undergraduates in its Women's College, who are pursuing degrees in physics, mathematics, engineering and computer information systems.

Scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to academically talented undergrads through the university's Pathways to Excellence program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to help train women for careers in high-demand jobs in so-called STEM fields, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women are traditionally underrepresented in those professions, Notre Dame officials said in a press release.

Notre Dame physics professor Joseph Di Rienzi will lead the Pathways to Excellence program, which will choose up to 10 current or prospective students who meet academic and National Science Foundation eligibility requirements..

The Pathways to Excellence program is designed to train young women for careers in high-demand fields, where women are traditionally underrepresented.

Pathways to Excellence scholars will present scholarly work in and outside the university and will be required to draft career development plans that include measurable annual goals, Notre Dame officials said.

Lauren Rosenberg

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