Professor Yumi Ijiri with STRONG Scholar Wesley Patterson in her lab.
Professor Yumi Ijiri with STRONG Scholar Wesley Patterson in her lab. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna

Many eyes in the country and in the world are on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. There is a growing interest in ensuring success in STEM for women, Pell-eligible students, students of color, and students who are the first in their families to go to college. Oberlin has taken up that charge with a program called Science and Technology Research Opportunities for a New Generation (STRONG).

The STRONG program will bring eight (8) incoming Oberlin first-year students to campus in summer 2020, affording them the opportunity to participate in innovative research with Oberlin professors, to meet other students interested in STEM, and to get a head start on familiarizing themselves with the Oberlin community. The program is free for selected students, who will also be paid to do research for the month of July.