WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University's new Emerging Leaders Science Scholars Program is already breaking records.
The initiative designed to highlight and support students in the field of science and technology coming from under served backgrounds has already set a benchmark for GPA, and improving student involvement on campus.
"You have access to a faculty mentor, a peer mentor, you get to be with other people in the college of science that can understand and relate to you," said Purdue freshman Emma Davis.
"You get more of an opportunity to meet a wider range of people. It's just a lot of great opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise."
88 students are involved in the new program that is opening doors to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to excel in a field like technology.
"If you want to be a great scientist, if you want to be a great scholar, you can be that at Purdue," said Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion John Gates.
"Especially in the college of science, that's what we are all about, that's what we have done with the Emerging Leaders Scholars Program for under represented minorities, and what we hope to do for every population that has an interest in Purdue."
Leaders of the new group like Gates and Dean of Science Patrick Wolfe hope efforts like theirs will open doors for colleges across campus to do something similar.