Rust lands funds for science program


The United States Department of Education has approved funding for the 2009-2010 academic year to support Rust College’s Minority Student Science and Technology Training Program. 

Dr. Frank Yeh said the total amount received by the College was $199,900.

The goal of this program is to improve the college’s Science and Math Education Program and increasing enrollment of area minority students with a special emphasis on females in science and technology programs. 

The three objectives of the program are:

• To raise motivation of prospective students by providing a summer program and a Saturday Academy that stresses strengthening academic background, college preparedness and assistance in admissions and enrollment for rising high school juniors and seniors and their parents

• To provide the Rust faculty opportunities for travel and participation at conferences and learned society meetings to increase their skill level and enhance classroom instruction that will benefit high school and college students’ ability to maintain interest in completing their science degree program

• To offer summer research opportunities for college juniors to build their experience and knowledge of their respective areas of study thereby enhancing their programs of study and future prospects for graduate and professional schools.

The program is particularly targeted at exposing high school students in the tri-county area (Marshall, Benton and Tate) to science-related fields through a four-week summer college preparatory program to be held on the Rust campus in June. Area high school science teachers and students should contact Dr. Frank Yeh, chair of the Rust Science Division and Project Director, for information on enrollment at 662-252-8000, ext. 4402.