The Biogen Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced a $10 million commitment in support of organizations working to strengthen STEM education in Cambridge and Somerville.
The four-year STAR (Science, Teacher support, Access, and Readiness) Initiative is aimed at increasing access to STEM resources and opportunities for groups currently underrepresented in STEM college and career pathways. To that end, STAR will work with a network of grantees to help low-income public school students in grades six through twelve develop and sustain their interest in STEM subjects, gain exposure to STEM enrichment opportunities, and successfully transition into postsecondary education in pursuit of careers in STEM fields.
"The Biogen Foundation's STAR Initiative marks not only a significant financial investment in STEM education in our local communities," said Somerville mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, "it also signals a clear commitment to equitable access and opportunity in STEM education for underrepresented students that can change the trajectory of their lives."
"Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is a critical endeavor for our industry and for society as a whole," said Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos. "We're pleased to demonstrate Biogen's commitment to education in our community through this important Biogen Foundation initiative."