ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute and Texas Woman’s University (TWU) will work together to increase education engagement and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
TWU recently received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for its project “Partnerships, Research, Innovation, Mentoring and Engagement (TWU-PRIME).”
TWU-PRIME was developed to increase retention and graduation among student populations typically underrepresented in STEM fields, while engaging key partners who will promote career awareness and provide mentorship to women in STEM.
As part of TWU-PRIME, Noble Research Institute will host two TWU students each year, in either the spring or fall semester. The students will work on a research project submitted by a mentor. Noble will host the first students in the fall 2021 semester.
This project aligns with Noble Research Institute’s youth education outreach program, which engages students and teachers in learning about agriculture and science. Specifically, Noble aims to increase the number of students pursuing college degrees and careers in agriculture and/or STEM fields. Noble’s programming aligns with TWU-PRIME in that it focuses on reinforcing concepts in STEM and equipping students with knowledge and experiences to help them become informed, critical thinkers and problem-solvers.
“The timing was perfect when we were asked to be a partner on this project. Noble has been looking for ways to provide more STEM opportunities to students as well as to give our postdoctoral scientists the chance to be a mentor. At the same time, this project represents something much more important — providing additional opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM.”
- Frank Hardin, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute youth education manager
“Noble is providing real laboratory experience for students who may not get the opportunity elsewhere. We know the students will use the knowledge they learn as they continue their education and move into careers. We are grateful to partner with Noble.”
- Diana Elrod, Ph.D., project principal investigator and TWU Center for Student Research director