SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioUtah and the Utah STEM Action Center today announced that the two organizations will partner to support the growth and development of promising STEM-focused high school students through the Utah Life Science STEM Awards scholarships.
The 2014 Utah Life Science STEM Awards will provide two scholarships, $750 each, to high school juniors or seniors engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) activities, who aspire to make a positive impact in one or more life science disciplines.
"We are honored to partner with the Utah STEM Action Center to celebrate and support the development of STEM knowledge and skills for gifted and talented Utah high school students," said Kimball Thomson, CEO of BioUtah. "There is no better safeguard for Utah's future than to foster the growth of the aspiring scientists and engineers who will ultimately use their knowledge to improve and save lives of people throughout the world."
In addition to the scholarships, BioUtah will reserve two prime tables at the 2014 Utah Life Science Awards luncheon, one of the highlights of the annual Utah Life Science Summit, the state's premier life science event. The Utah Life Science STEM Award scholarships will be presented at the November 5 luncheon at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Senator Orrin Hatch, Congressman Jim Matheson and Ted Stanley, winner of the 2014 Willem J. Kolff Lifetime Achievement Award, will help present the awards.
"Life sciences play a crucial role at the heart of STEM education," said Tamara Goetz, Ph.D., executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center. "We are grateful to collaborate with Utah's life science industry association, BioUtah, to shine a spotlight on the rich opportunities afforded by STEM education for brilliant and creative young scientists."
Nominations for the Utah Life Science STEM Awards scholarships will be made by high school STEM teachers. Winners will be chosen by a panel of prominent Utah scientists, engineers and leaders from industry, education and government.
BioUtah, the state’s independent life science association, was created to elevate the stature and influence of Utah’s life science community on the local, national and global stage. Launched in 2012, the organization serves Utah’s medical device, biotech/pharma, diagnostics and healthcare industries through networking, advocacy and education programs. BioUtah creates value for its members through events, legislative initiatives and communications outreach. We foster collaboration within and between industry, government and education to provide growth opportunities through access to funding sources, talent acquisition/development and strategic collaboration.
About the Utah STEM Action Center
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.