Students from Des Moines Public Schools celebrate completion of the Science Bound program for grades 8-12 as well as 14 new Iowa State graduates. Contributed by Burt Moody photo.

Iowa State University’s Science Bound program honored for inspiring STEM

Today, the Science Bound program at Iowa State University was honored for inspiring and encouraging a new generation of underrepresented students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — STEM.

Science Bound received a 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a publication that focuses on diversity and inclusion in higher education. The honor recognizes Science Bound as a model for other institutions.

"It is a great honor for us to be recognized for the achievements of our committed staff, teachers, families, community partners, and program champions of today and yesterday," said Alexis Campbell, director of the Science Bound program. "For more than 25 years Iowa State University Science Bound has grown and prided itself in preparing talented students across Iowa. We are beyond grateful for all of the support, and look forward to our continued growth, ability to provide impactful programming, and the opportunity to enhance the experiences of our students and families."

As the National Science Foundation continues to call for an increase in the number of young people from populations that are underrepresented in the sciences to enter technical careers, Science Bound empowers Iowa students of color to pursue college degrees and careers in STEM fields. The program engages middle and high school students from Des Moines, Denison, and Marshalltown. The students participate in a nine-year program that starts when they enter eighth grade and continues until they graduate from college.

As the program grows, this year more than 400 students in grades 8-12 and their families will participate in Science Bound and 160 program graduates will attend Iowa State. Another 135 program graduates have earned bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State.

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