In early January, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Lewis University nearly $1.5 million over five years for a S-STEM Track 2 grant entitled Project Synergy: Developing Connections at the Interface of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Data Science.

The project will address the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need.

Project Synergy will provide four years of scholarship support to 23 unique full-time first-year students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, computer engineering, and data science starting in the fall 2022 semester. 

Lewis University offers several different programs in these areas, and some are even Five-year Fast Track programs to a master’s degree. Students will be prepared for modern careers in science and engineering by activities in research methods, collaborative work, and interdisciplinary approaches.

I encourage you to share this opportunity with your colleagues and students interested in these programs and Lewis University. Students should apply by February 25, 2022, to receive priority consideration. If they have any questions, have them contact the Office of Admission at

About Ashley Skidmore

Ashley Skidmore is Vice President of Enrollment Management at Lewis University.

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