The biology department of Minnesota State University, Mankato has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant to implement a new program.
  
The department was awarded the National Science Foundation S-STEM program grant in the amount of $999,963. The new program is called the Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology, also known as RISEbio.

$600,000 of the grant is for student scholarships. The program is aimed at incoming freshmen who demonstrate academic ability and financial need. Eighty incoming RISEbio scholars will be awarded $2,500 for their first three semesters. Following two semesters of research, scholars will be selected to mentor incoming RISEbio students, creating a sustainable and vertical mentorship model.

The first scholarships will be awarded for students beginning classes in the fall 2018 semester.

--KEYC News 12