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Bayer USA Foundation Supports Summer Science Education Programs in Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Houston and Tyler, Texas
Date:7/1/2008

d Engineering Mentoring -- is expanding to two new Texas cities -- Houston and Tyler -- and giving two new students that opportunity.

For example, Kemian J. Fry, a 17-year-old senior at John Tyler High School, will spend his summer at the University of Texas at Tyler. There, he will work on a project focused on a particular pest, known as the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter, which has an impact on agricultural economics in certain areas across the United States.

In Houston, a senior at Alief Taylor High School will be interning at Prairie View A&M University, working on a chemical-research project titled, "Oxidation of Alkenes," an area of particular interest to both the pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing industries.

"With the Bayer USA Foundation's generous gift, we're able to expand Project SEED to these two new, what we term, high-need cities, bringing the total number of communities we serve to 81 in 26 states," said Cecilia Hernandez, Assistant Director, Endowed Program, Education Division, Project SEED. "The students' complex projects, the mentors who assist them and the professional environments in which they work all combine for enormously meaningful experiences that have major impacts on their future career decisions."

According to Project SEED, 90 percent of participants, most of whom are minorities, plan to go on to college, compared to the national rate of 20 percent of all black students and six percent of all Hispanic students who leave high school college-ready. In addition, SEED alumni include Ph.D. scientists, process engineers, chemistry teachers and chemical engineers, among others.

About Bayer Corporation's Making Science Make Sense

Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) is Bayer Corporation's company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the country operate loc
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