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6-5-06

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Anita Rollins, Science Bound, (515) 294-4985; arollins@iastate.edu

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Record number of Science Bound students graduate from ISU

DES MOINES -- Ten graduates of the Science Bound program earned degrees from Iowa State University in the 2005-2006 academic year, a record number for the program. "It's extremely exciting that the program is meeting its goals of seeing students successfully finish the pre-college program and complete degrees at Iowa State," said Kathy Trahanovsky, program director. Forty-one Science Bound students have now graduated from ISU.

All of the graduates attended the Des Moines Public Schools, where they took part in the Science Bound program during middle and high school. The program encourages under-represented ethnic minorities to pursue science and technology at the collegiate level. It offers assistance to overcome financial and academic barriers while providing hands-on experiences to the students.

Of the Science Bound students who graduated from Iowa State between September 2005 and May 2006, five hold technical degrees: Jered Bane (financial management/management information systems), Kira Campos-Anderson (industrial technology), Cameron Creighton (industrial technology), Tanasha Taylor (mechanical engineering) and Brenda Vargas-Pinon (animal ecology). Students who graduated from Science Bound but did not pursue science or technology degrees are: Branigha Brewer (finance), Katia Brown (psychology), Karlee Carrasco (liberal studies), Rosemary Duenas (psychology) and Clarke Stewart (finance).

Some of the ISU graduates were honored at the Science Bound banquet on May 1. The keynote speaker for the banquet was Elaine Flowers Duncan, project manager for the Spacelab Pallet in the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The banquet also celebrated graduation of 15 Science Bound students from the Des Moines Public Schools. These students are now eligible for tuition-free scholarships to pursue a science or technology degree at Iowa State. Students from Des Moines Roosevelt High School include Quinnetta Claytor, John Kurtis Hall, Dominique Trumbo and Chasity Wilson. Students from Des Moines Hoover High School are Mercedes Craddock, Abreya Higgins, Joseph Inman and Jaymes Kaiser. Students from Des Moines Lincoln High School include Isaac Islas Hernandez, Bart Stockard, Sergio Pinon, Shayla Williams and Alyssa Wilson. Jamesha Mitchell is from Des Moines North High School, and JaRae' Shelton is from Des Moines East High School.

Trahanovsky, an ISU chemistry professor, was also honored at the banquet. Trahanovsky is retiring from the position of director of Science Bound after 13 years of service with the program. The new director is Connie Hargrave, associate professor of curriculum and instructional technology. Hargrave said, "Science Bound is at the heart of the ISU land-grant mission -- preparing diverse, young people of Iowa to excel and pursue degrees in science, engineering, math and technology. With more than 170 students in Science Bound, I hope to build on the strong program established under the direction of Kathy Trahanovsky."

Science Bound consists of regular science enrichment events, classes and field trips. To successfully complete the program, students must meet academic and attendance requirements. Funding is provided by ISU, the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, and private businesses. The program is administered by IPRT, a network of scientific research centers at ISU. More information can be found on the Web at http://www.iprt.iastate.edu/sb/index/html.

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Ten graduates of a program designed to encourage minorities to pursue studies of science and technology graduated from Iowa State University during the 2005-2006 academic year.

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"Science Bound is at the heart of the ISU land-grant mission -- preparing diverse, young people of Iowa to excel and pursue degrees in science, engineering, math and technology. With more than 170 students in Science Bound, I hope to build on the strong program established under the direction of Kathy Trahanovsky."

Connie Hargrave, associate professor of curriculum and instructional technology and new director of Iowa State's Science Bound program