The University of Cincinnati was awarded more than $3 million in state funding in the first round of Ohio’s new Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. It’s designed to attract, retain and graduate students into the “STEMM” areas (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). The UC proposal, in partnership with more than 500 businesses in Ohio including Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Duke Energy and Ethicon, expects to attract and graduate 215 new STEMM students over a four-year period. Each student will receive approximately $4,000 annually in scholarship funds. Marshall Montrose, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, led the UC team that helped develop the proposal.

UC is also a partner on two other proposals awarded funding, including a nearly $4.5 million partnership led by Ohio University to attract an estimated 345 STEMM students over a five-year period. The goal is to make the state a leader in the bioinformatics industry, combining biology, computer science and information technology. In addition, a $3.1 million partnership led by Central State University aims to recruit underrepresented student populations to the STEMM fields.

The College of Business at Northern Kentucky University brought students together with the business community at a new annual event called “Business Week.” Panel topics included networking and business etiquette, job interviewing, resume writing, the sub-prime mortgage crisis, personal finance and women in business.

The Carnegie Foundation has awarded $65,000 in support to a partnership between the West Clermont Local School District and the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, to develop and retain new teachers by creating stronger mentors in K-12 schools. A stipend from the school district and UC graduate scholarships support most of the teaching interns’ tuition during the year.

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