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RTP chosen for national STEM mentoring program

By Cathy Martin - May 27, 2014 - 4:00:00 pm

Research Triangle Park is among seven communities chosen as part of a national STEM mentoring effort to attract more students, particularly girls and underprivileged kids, to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The seven grand-prize winners, announced today at the White House Science Fair, will share $1 million in financial support from US2020, a partnership of educational non-profits and corporate leaders in STEM-based fields including Cisco, Chevron, Discovery Communications, HP and Fidelity Investments.

The Research Triangle Park Foundation cites the state's No. 36 national ranking in math and science scores and No. 48 ranking in financial investment per student as motivation for entering the competition.

RTP, with its coalition of 41 corporate sponsors and educational groups, was selected from 52 city/regional coalitions from around the nation. Other winners were Allentown, Pa., Chicago, Ill., Indianapolis, Ind., Philadelphia, Pa., San Francisco, Calif., and Wichita, Kan.

Click here to view the full list of RTP coalition members and learn more about the US2020 organization.

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