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    STEM Scholarship for Biology Majors

    Awards up to $10,000 per year for eligible incoming freshman bio majors.
Mercy College's STEM Scholars in Biology Program (SSB)

Mercy College has been awarded a five-year grant form the National Science Foundation's Scholarship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM). We are one of four partner institutions participating in the grant.

Through the grant Mercy College will provide up to 18 scholarships with as much as $10,000* per year to incoming first-year biology students. 

Our goal is to increase the number of talented biology majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors.

*Average scholarship is approximately $6,000.

Scholarship Benefits
  • Students receive a high-quality laptop computer for use thought the program
  • STEM-focused freshmen "CATALYST" program designed to enhance community building and facilitate student success
  • Personalized faculty and peer mentoring program
  • All inclusive travel to annual SSB Institute in Washington, DC with scholars from partner schools
  • STEM opportunities, including faculty-student research/project-based learning as well as a seminar series by scientists
  • Graduate school/career preparation

Features of the program:

Innovative curriculum that engages students in authenitc classroom based research experiences and project-based learning.

Students engage in research with faculty in the areas of:

  • Neuroscience - Mechanisms of neuroprotection from oxidative stress
  • Microbiology - Antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - Regulation of the assembly of synaptic contacts
  • Developmental Biology - Regulation of neural crest cell migration during development
  • Computational Biochemistry - Development of fluorescent nucleic acid bases

Newly renovated teaching and research labs, including a dedicated cell culture facility.

State-of-the-art equipment, including: DNA sequence, HPLC machine, real-time PCR machine, in vivo microinjection and electroporation instruments, and fluorescence microscopes.

Carla Barahona

Carla Barahona ’22 knew Mercy College was the place for her when she came to campus.

“At first I wasn’t sure, but after visiting campus and talking to professors and students I was really convinced,” said Barahona.

What stood out for her was the strong Mercy community.

“Everyone seemed so unified. We were all motivated and even if we’re doing different things, everyone had the same goal to learn, grow and succeed,” said Barahona.

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Application Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • Must have financial need
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Enrolled as a full-time, first-year student
  • Intend to enroll in Biology
Contact Us

For more information on the SSB program or the NSF S-STEM grant contact:

Dr. Anthony Canger


Dr. Renee Haskew-Layton