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SIUE Science and Engineering Research Challenge awarded $20,000 from Monsanto Fund


From Illinois Business Journal news services

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Science and Engineering Research Challenge is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from Monsanto Fund.

The regional competition has been hosted on the SIUE campus since 1984. It provides local fifth to 12th graders an opportunity to showcase their skills and demonstrate enthusiasm in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

siuestem“We thank Monsanto Fund for this generous gift that will allow the Challenge to continue for its 32nd year,” said Kyle Moore, director of development for the SIUE Graduate School. “Their support of the Research Challenge greatly aids in our goal of empowering young students and sparking their curiosity and interest in STEM.”

The annual event is open to nearly 60,000 young students in the Southwest Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, St. Clair and Washington. Students compete in the areas of applied math and physics, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences and consumer sciences.

“Expertise in STEM is central to meeting many of the global challenges society faces today. The Monsanto Fund is honored to work with SIUE in our home community of St. Louis to cultivate student interest in science and engineering careers,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund Program officer.

“SERC participation encourages students to follow through on STEM majors in college. Students are also more likely to be successful in classes having seen the scientific method in action,” said Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach. “Encouraging individuals into STEM classes is critical to the U.S. economy as the number of STEM jobs is growing and providing great opportunities for career advancement.”


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