First2Network 2019 Summer Internship
Thank you for your interest in joining the West Virginia First2 Network. First2 is a major National Science Foundation Project aimed at solving the problem of college students leaving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors after their first or second year.

If you are a senior in high school, (or nontraditional student preparing to go to college) who:
-- will be a first generation college student (A first-generation college student is defined as a student for whom neither parent/guardian has graduated from a 4-year institution. You can be a first generation student even if your siblings have graduated from college.),
-- is planning to major in a science, technology, engineering or math related field,
then you are in the right place!

We are seeking rising freshmen who will be enrolled in a West Virginia community college, or 4-year college in the fall of 2019, to join a program designed to support rural, first generation students majoring in STEM fields.

You will become part of a community of students who are like you, so that you are not going through this experience alone. West Virginia, and the Nation need more STEM professionals, but completing a STEM course of study can be challenging. The First2 Network is a growing group of professors, state officials and students like you who want to enhance your success in STEM during the first two years of college. We ask you to join us in building a better environment for STEM students, and to be an advocate and leader in your hometown by encouraging future STEM students in your community.

By completing this application you are agreeing, if accepted, to join the First2 Network and:
-- participate in an all-expenses paid two-week STEM research internship in summer of 2019
-- participate in our educational research study;
--depending on your level of participation, you may be awarded up to $600.00, and travel scholarship if needed.

You will also be offered the opportunity to:
-- participate in immersive programs that are designed to help you succeed. This may include online meetings during the 2019-2020 academic year that will provide a forum for discussion, problem solving and skill development;
-- become a hometown STEM ambassador by visiting your hometown community in the 2019-20 academic year;
-- join academic year research programs to begin or continue research activities;
-- participate in professional meetings

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