The Bayer School Scholars Program
What the Bayer School Scholars Program Provides for Its Scholars
The Bayer School Scholars Program is a cooperative program between Duquesne University, the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the Citizen Science Lab, and local industries, for incoming freshman who are from an under-represented population in the sciences (see "Admissions Requirements for Bayer School Scholar Applicants" below).
Benefits of this program include original research projects both at Duquesne, the Citizen Science Lab, and/or local industry, funded summer research experiences at Duquesne, a paid summer internship at the Citizen Science lab, a second paid summer internship that is tailored to the students area of interest, mentoring by Duquesne science faculty, Citizen Science Lab scientists, and/or local industry science professionals, and a full tuition scholarship for 4-years of undergraduate study while pursuing a degree in one of the majors offered by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Each of the following Departments or Programs will be admitting one Bayer School Scholar in fall 2016: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Environmental Science (through the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE)), and Forensic Science and Law.
The Bayer Scholars Program Has Changed
Bayer AG, the parent company of Bayer MaterialsScience located near Pittsburgh, initiated a corporate restructuring plan which has affected the Bayer Scholars Program at Duquesne University. The former Bayer MaterialsScience is now called Covestro. The Bayer Scholars Program at Duquesne has gone on hiatus (for an unknown term) until this restructuring is completed. To replace the Bayer Scholars Program, a new scholarship program is being launched.
Here are some links related to the summer research opportunities related to the Bayer School Scholars Program.
How the Bayer School Scholars Program Works
- You apply for the program and are admitted to Duquesne.
- You are one of the students selected as a Bayer School Scholar.
- You receive a full tuition scholarship for four-years of undergraduate study.
- Summer 1 (after your freshman year) you participate in the 10-week Undergraduate Research Program wherein you receive a salary of $4,100 (2015 rate) to work on research in a Bayer School research lab, participate in a scientific ethics forum, participate in organized community service projects, and attend and present at an Undergraduate Research Symposium. During this 10-week period you live in the Duquesne University dorms free of charge.
- Summer 2 (after your sophomore year) you complete a 12-week internship working on research and community outreach 30-hours per week at the Citizen Science Lab. You receive a salary that totals $6,000, and again participate in the scientific ethics forum, organized community service projects, and you attend and present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. During this 12-week period you live in the Duquesne University dorms free of charge. The Citizen Science Lab is a ten-minute walk from the Duquesne campus.
- Summer 3 (after your junior year) you have options for a second 12-week internship that is tailored towards your area of interest and future goals. This internship can be completed at a local industry, again at the Citizen Science Lab, or in one of the research labs on the Duquesne campus. You receive a salary that totals $6,000. During this 12-week period you have the option to live in the Duquesne University dorms free of charge.
- You graduate from the program after your fourth year.
Tentative Schedule for the Selection of the Bayer School Scholar Recipients
- The Scholarship Committee meets during early March each year.
- Some Bayer School Scholarship applicants are selected for phone interviews.
- These applicants are contacted to set up a 20-minute phone interview.
- Phone interviews generally take place in the second week of March each year.
- Applicants selected to be a Bayer School Scholar are contacted by the third week of March to be notified of the award.
The scholarship offer needs to be accepted in early April. The exact date will be set each year.
Admissions Requirements for Bayer School Scholar Applicants
Applicants must be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or female, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and entering a degree program offered in the Bayer School as a freshman student. Admission to this program is competitive and will be awarded to freshmen based on academic record, standardized test scores, and a one-page typed essay.
Go to the following site to complete and submit the application specific to applying to be a Bayer School Scholar:
For additional information about the Bayer School Scholars Program please contact Mr. Philip Clarke, Bayer School Director of Student Services at 412-396-4172 or email@example.com.