May 22, 2013 — California State University, Bakersfield and Chevron invite the media to attend the opening reception of the seventh annual Research Experience Vitalizing Science - University program (REVS-UP), on Thursday, May 23 from 3 PM to 4:30 PM in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.
Thirty K-12 teachers and one hundred high school students will spend one month together collaborating in this exciting research program. Designed to boost interest in science and mathematics careers by offering research experience, the REVS UP program is a CSUB staple. Previous participants have built robots, analyzed valley fever outbreaks and conducted hands-on biology work. The high school students who participate in the program receive a $700 stipend while the teachers receive a $3,000 stipend. Students will also receive five units of college-level science credit.
"The goal of REVS-UP is to maintain the interest of qualified students in STEM disciplines during the high school years when they make decisions about their future career path and to professionally build K-12 science and math teachers," says REVS-UP program director Andrea Medina. "We consistently receive over 300 applications annually for our program, which shows how popular it has become."
REVS UP was funded by a $500,000 grant from Chevron as a part of their California Partnership, an initiative to invest in education and economic development.
"In order to advance STEM Education in the United States, we need collaborative partnerships, skilled workers, and coordinated approaches that help these efforts come together," said Adam Alvidrez, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Representative for Chevron. "We believe it's absolutely critical to understand the importance that STEM has in today's economy, and to contribute to strengthening this knowledge among today's students."
The event is by invitation only, and those who were invited can use this in place of a parking permit. Media are asked to park in Lot L.
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