December 21, 1999
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

SMART Grad Information Night Scheduled

An information night for California State University, Bakersfield's Project SMART Grad is scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Romberg Nursing Center Room 105.

Jennifer Stevens, director of Project SMART Grad, said the meeting is to let prospective students and their parents learn more about the project and its requirements, meet faculty, and ask questions.

Project SMART Grad - for Science and Math Achievement with Research and Technology - seeks to recruit top science and math students from area high schools and provide them with a scholarship program aimed at getting them into graduate school.

Stevens said "the program is ;a four-year scholarship program for freshmen to come in and major in math or science. It provides instructional and motivational support to get the students into graduate school. Our goal is to increase the number of students from Cal State Bakersfield that go to graduate school."

"One of the purposes of the SMART Grad program is to generate more interest in math and science, and research in those areas, and to encourage minority students to enter those fields," she said.

Majors included in Project SMART Grad are biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology.

Among research projects students may work on are:

  • Dating and recovering climate records from lake sediments of the western United States which will result in regional climate models. Geology professor Rob Negrini is leading the project.

  • Studying brain stimulus adjustments that alter a person's vision in an effort to pinpoint brain activity that is uniquely associated with visibility. Psychology professors Steve Suter and Penelope Suter are leading the project.

  • Understanding the mechanism of reaction between ozone and unsaturated organic molecules utilizing CSUB's high-performance computer facilities to develop computational predictions. Chemistry professor Carl Kemnitz is leading the project.
  • Stevens said scholarships for up to 15 science and math students per year over five years are available through Project SMART Grad, which is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Office of Naval Research.

    Those interested should call Stevens at 664-3006 to ensure seating is available. Refreshments will be served.

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