BROOKINGS, S.D. – Brandon Scott, a May Slippery Rock University chemistry graduate, is one of four South Dakota State University graduates students to receive a federal fellowship that will allow them to pursue doctorates in chemistry or biochemistry.
SDSU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry received a $525,000 grant to fund educational expenses of highly qualified U.S. citizens seeking a doctorate in chemistry or biochemistry.
Scott, of New Castle, received a $30,000 per year stipend and a $13,755 educational allowance for tuition, fees and other educational expenses through a U.S. Department of Education program called the “Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need.” The fellowships are awarded for up to four years.
The GAANN program helps graduate students with excellent academic records, that also demonstrate financial need, to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study. The program’s primary focus awards grants to women, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and students who are under-represented in the chemical sciences.
“The fellowship removes the financial barrier that many graduate students face, particularly those from families that are not prepared to help pay for the cost of a graduate education,” said James Rice, head of the SDSU department of chemistry and biochemistry in a news release from SDSU. “GAANN fellows are free to focus on their required coursework and the research project that is the intellectual center of their Ph.D. degree program.”
As part of the program Scott will be involved in coursework and a research project, Rice said.