Priority Deadline is Feb. 25 for $10,000 STEM Scholarship

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Priority Deadline is February 25 for $10,000 STEM Scholarship at Lewis University

Published: February 7, 2022.

Project Synergy at Lewis University is now accepting applications for its new scholarship program supporting 23 full-time first-year students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, computer engineering, and data science starting in the fall 2022 semester. Accepted students would be eligible for up to a $10,000 scholarship per year for four years.

The National Science Foundation recently 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, students with demonstrated financial need.

The new scholarship program is under the direction of Dr. Joseph Kozminski, professor and chair of Physics, Dr. Gina Martinez, associate professor of computer engineering and director of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Piotr Szczurek, associate professor and director of Data Science, Dr. Jason Keleher, professor and chair of Chemistry, and Dr. Teresa Bixby, associate professor of chemistry.

Students interested in the Project Synergy program should apply at by February 25 in order to receive priority consideration. Contact the Office of Admission at for more information.

Project Synergy builds upon the success of the STEM Connections program, another NSF-funded program that began in the fall of 2015. The five-year scholarship program for chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and chemical physics students was under the direction of Keleher and Kozminski.

Lewis University STEM students in various majors are working on research year-round through university programs, such as the Summer STEM Undergraduate Research Experience, Celebration of Scholarship, and the Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research.

Partnerships with medical schools, graduate and professional schools provide students with opportunities to expand their learning along with cooperative agreements and outreach and research projects with institutions, organizations, and companies such as Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, SMASH Illinois, IBM, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,200 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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