SLAS and NOBCChE Partner to Create STEM Scholarship for Underrepresented High School Students

For Immediate Release

Oak Brook, IL (February 7, 2022) – The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) is pleased to announce a new scholarship aimed at increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce, in partnership with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). The new SLAS - NOBCChE Scholarship, with inaugural funding from Pfizer and Amgen is intended to support U.S.-based high school students of color, who are often underrepresented in the STEM fields through their post-secondary studies. The scholarship will assist in developing their interest and understanding of science through extensive mentorship, networking and early career opportunities as well as access to diverse academic and industry role models.

The SLAS - NOBCChE Scholarship application process is a multi-step commitment involving the development of a research project, partnering with a mentor to expand on the research project proposal with finalists chosen in August and winners chosen in September. Winning students will receive $50,000 toward their undergraduate STEM-focused education, as well as ongoing mentoring, complimentary registration, housing and travel to both SLAS and NOBCChE annual conferences as well as the opportunity to present their research.

The SLAS - NOBCChE Scholarship was announced at the SLAS2022 International Conference and Exhibition in Boston, MA. SLAS is committed to promoting diversity in the scientific community and taking actionable measures to combat racism and ensure equity in scientific endeavors. SLAS invites you to read our Statement on Racism to learn more about its position.

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The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) is an international professional society of academic, industry and government life sciences researchers and the developers and providers of laboratory automation technology. The SLAS mission is to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering and allied fields. NOBCChE’s mission is to build an eminent cadre of successful diverse global leaders in STEM and advance their professional endeavors by adding value to their academic, development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout the life-cycle of their careers.


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