Biopharma R&D marketplace, Scientist.com announces that 10 undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students have been chosen as recipients of the inaugural Scientist.com STEM Research NIL Award.
The grant winners were selected from over 100 applicants, comprising students from 60 universities. The award recipients are college juniors or seniors who have secured a laboratory research position for 2023. The award enables STEM undergrads conducting research within an academic laboratory to be compensated for their work much like collegiate athletes are now compensated under the NCAA’s 2019 NIL rule.
In a released statement from Scientist.com, the organization’s president and COO, Dan Kagan, PhD says, “We wanted to recognize undergrad scientists for their contribution to research grant revenue, which often far surpasses the funding generated by collegiate athletic programs. To highlight the discrepancy, we chose to provide this award as an NIL grant instead of a traditional scholarship. We believe student researchers should be treated as equals to student athletes.”
The list of winners includes students from the University of Michigan, UCLA, Duke University, Truman State University, Syracuse University, UCSD, and there are two winners from UC Davis.
Twenty major US universities generated over $1 billion in 2022 in research grant revenue, including University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), who both drew in around $1.4B.
For a full list of recipients of the Scientist STEM Research NIL Award, visit https://www.info.scientist.com/nil-award-winners
To learn more about the program, visit https://www.info.scientist.com/scholarships
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