Objective 1: Recruit academically talented students with a demonstrated financial need and an interest in biotechnology.
Objective 2: Provide both academic and social support systems focused on retaining CLIMB scholars and allowing them to flourish.
Objective 3: Connect CLIMB scholars with a network of mentors who can provide personal, academic, social, and vocational support.
Objective 4: Work with local industry partners to offer vocational guidance, knowledge, and experiences that will prepare CLIMB scholars for successful careers in biotechnology after Concordia.
Scholarship: Up to $15,000 per year toward the total cost of attendance at Concordia (tuition, meals, housing, etc). This scholarship is awarded in addition to any other scholarships a student may receive.
Academic support: Regular meetings with an academic counselor; priority tutoring services
Career information: Hear from industry professionals; visit local biotech companies
Mentoring: Mentoring relationships with Concordia faculty, staff, and students, as well as STEM professionals
Research: Opportunity to spend a summer working on a research project with a Concordia STEM professor
Internships: Guaranteed paid internship in the biotechnology industry
Three cohorts of 12 first-year students will be selected (36 total) with the first cohort enrolling in Fall 2024.
The program is open to talented students with a demonstrated financial need and an intention to major in a STEM field at Concordia. These programs include biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental and sustainability studies (natural sciences concentration), mathematics, neuroscience, and/or physics. (Pre-engineering students are eligible as long as they remain students at Concordia.)
All CLIMB scholars must meet National Science Foundation (NSF) eligibility criteria that specifies they must be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.