UVA-Led Program Seeks to Broaden the Pool of STEM Researchers

student and professor working in a biology lab

UVA biologist Alison Criss mentored Bennett College student Princess Bush, who conducted research in her lab during the summer program.

For students in the VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation, a summer research program at the University of Virginia showed them career paths in STEM fields they hadn’t considered before and gave them potentially life-changing experiences.

“This program has opened my eyes to the environmental side of engineering,” said Sophia Keniston, a second-year student at Piedmont Virginia Community College, who said she might transfer to UVA.

Her first research experience “rearranged my entire perspective of research,” said Princess Bush, a rising third-year student at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Read more in UVAToday, 8/15/19