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ATCHISON, Kan. — A new program at Benedictine College aims to ignite interest in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Dr. Wangari Maathai STEM Fellows program offers opportunities for students majoring in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, engineering, math/computer science, physics/astronomy and psychology.

The program is named after Dr. Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Benedictine is the only Catholic college in America to call a Nobel Peace Laureate an alumni.

“Dr. Wangari Maathai serves as a model of how a scientist, trained within a Benedictine, liberal arts tradition, can apply that training to solve problems and make the world a better place,” said Dr. Terrence Malloy, professor and chair of the biology department at Benedictine College. “Her legacy teaches us a great deal about sustainability, democracy and peace. This STEM fellowship named in her honor has been created to attract and train STEM students who wish to follow in that tradition.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 16. The first fellowships will be awarded to incoming freshmen in the fall. More information can be found at