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Bayer Scholars Program at DU Continues Effort to Enhance Diversity in Sciences

The Bayer Scholars Program, in its third year at Duquesne University, will welcome three freshmen this fall as part of an initiative to enhance diversity in the academic setting and the scientific work force.


The Bayer Scholars Program, open to women and minority students, accepts academically talented and motivated freshman chemistry or environmental chemistry majors. This cooperative program between Duquesne University and the Bayer Corporation was initiated in 2009, after the Bayer USA Foundation provided an $800,000, eight-year grant to fund the program.

“Our collaboration with Bayer USA Foundation in offering this program reflects our common vision that a more diverse scientific workforce is a healthier and more productive workforce,” said Dr. David Seybert, dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

Among the 10 Bayer Scholars in the program are these incoming freshmen:

  • Kasey Devlin of Freeport, a Freeport Senior High School graduate and environmental chemistry major
  • Allison Jansto of Cranberry Township, a Seneca Valley High School graduate and chemistry major
  • Sarah Richards of Ingram, a Montour High School graduate and chemistry major.

As Bayer Scholars, they will receive:

  • Four-year scholarship support
  • Mentoring by Duquesne science faculty and Bayer professionals
  • Funded summer research experiences at Duquesne
  • Paid summer internships at Bayer Material Science.

“At Bayer we understand that creating a diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce begins by educating a diverse STEM workforce,” said Rebecca Lucore, executive director of the Bayer USA Foundation. “By providing women and other minorities with tangible support such as financial aid, mentoring and internships, the Bayer Scholars Program is successfully attracting and retaining more of these students in the chemical and material sciences fields.”

The scholars, Seybert said, have formed a tight-knit community mentored by Dr. Ellen Gawalt from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “The experiences of high quality research and internships in both academic and industrial settings will provide graduates from this program with a skill set that is unique among their peers,” he said.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.