Lori Armstrong, Shawnee Community College Math/Science Chair, recently received news for students attending Shawnee College who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

The SI Bridges to Baccalaureate grant program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an additional five years.

The program extension means the partnership will have an opportunity to recruit and select a total of 12 students in the fall semester.

The SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate program is a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded grant partnership between Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College.

The program is designed to enable community college students to learn skills and abilities, which will enable them to conduct scientific research in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.

Additionally, the program provides strong mentorship and guidance as these students transition from their respective community colleges to a university setting. Students from the Shawnee College district interested in the SI Bridges program should contact Armstrong at 618-634-3313 or loria@shawneecc.edu.

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