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Chevron donates $500k to CSUB for annual research program and STEM Student Center
May 19, 2011CSUB today announced the more than 100 Kern County K-12 students and teachers who have been selected to participate in the university's fifth annual summer research program — REVS-UP — during a kick-off reception. The program is made possible through a $500,000 gift from Chevron, which was awarded to the university during the reception. Funding will also go to support the university's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) student center.
REVS-UP, which stands for Research Experience Vitalizing Science – University Program, serves to boost interest in science and mathematics careers by offering research experience. In addition to free program tuition, high school students receive $700 stipends and teachers receive $3,000 each for their work. Students also receive five units of college-level science credit. Previous participants have built robots, analyzed valley fever outbreaks and have conducted hands-on biology lab work.
"It's absolutely critical for companies like Chevron to have a steady pipeline of young engineers and scientists in all the places we do business so we are always looking for effective ways to stimulate that interest," said Chevron vice president Bruce Johnson.
The benefits are threefold: Students get hands-on experience doing real-world research that inspires them to study science, technology, engineering or math (referred to as the STEM fields) in college. Teachers learn new research skills to take back to their local K-12 students. And CSUB faculty get help with their research projects.
"This is a very good way to engage high school students and re-energize and reinvigorate teachers," said Dr. Andreas Gebauer, program director and chair of the chemistry department at CSUB. "Our intent is to get students more interested in pursuing science in college. Often kids think 'I can't do this.' But they just need the opportunity to try."
The month-long program begins in July.