Established in 1993 as part of a 30-year development agreement between Bayer and the City of Berkeley, Biotech Partners´ work involves corporate, government, education and industry partners. The program currently partners with Berkeley High School, Oakland Technical High School and the Peralta Community College District, and is expanding to new school districts throughout the Bay Area. BioTech Partners targets at-risk high school students, altering their trajectory by putting them on a track to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Bioscience upon completion of the program. BioTech Partners currently serves 110-125 students annually, and Bayer has provided more than 600 paid internships and has hired 52 students to date.
Established in 2011 with support from Bayer USA Foundation, the Institute for STEM Education at California State University’s East Bay campus serves as a regional hub for all things STEM education. It’s not just about preparing and supporting science teacher education. The Institute also coordinates efforts to build on and expand best practice STEM education programs like Biotech Partners, MESA and Project SEED in the Bay Area and throughout the state.
Bayer has been a long-time supporter of Project SEED, an American Chemical Society (ACS) program for high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing science as a career. The program provides an opportunity for students to participate in scientific research and learn what it is like to work in science-related fields through on-the-job experience. Project SEED places students in academic, industrial and governmental research laboratories for eight-to-10 weeks during the summer months to perform hands-on scientific research under the supervision of a volunteer scientist-mentor.
Since 2001, Bayer has supported the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) through college scholarships for underrepresented minority students. NACME works to foster partnerships with like-minded entities to serve as a catalyst to increase the proportion of African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in STEM careers. To date, NACME has given more than $142 million in scholarships and support to 24,000 underrepresented minority students, increasing the flow of talent entering STEM professions.