Kayla Chiasson Receives STEM Scholarship

University of Wisconsin-Stout student Kayla Chiasson of Forest Lake has been awarded a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Chiasson is majoring in applied science.

The scholarship is part of a $567,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded in 2009 to biology professors Kitrina Carlson and Krista James, who applied for the grant to increase access to science education.

Other scholarships were awarded in 2010 and 2011 as part of the same grant.

“The scholarship dollars have allowed us to recruit and retain some of the best science students in the region,” Carlson said. “More importantly, with these dollars we can offer greater access to higher education in the sciences.”

Scholarship winners must be enrolled full time, show financial need and meet other requirements.

Along with the funding, scholars receive academic benefits by meeting bi-monthly with their advisers, attending monthly applied science scholars meetings, partnering with advanced applied science scholars and acting as peer mentors during their second year in the program.

The applied science program at UW-Stout offers five concentrations: biotechnology, environmental science, materials science, nanoscience and preprofessional programs.