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May 2019

ASUN student awarded science scholarship at A-State

Arkansas State University-Newport student Kati Fortson is the recipient of the SUPERB Scholarship at Arkansas State University. SUPERB stands for Students United in Preserving, Exploring, and Researching Biodiversity.

From Paragould, Fortson majored in Natural Science at ASU-Newport and will transfer to A-State to complete her degree. She was very involved in the ASUN Bio Club and participated in other science projects at ASUN with the direction of Dr. Sarah Webb, Assistant Professor of Life Science at ASUN.



According to A-State’s website, the scholarship is a three-year program and provides support to students studying organismal biology with an interest in biodiversity, conservation, and natural history collections. The program helps to make sure students excel academically, graduate on time, gain research experience and are prepared for their professional careers.

Fortson will receive up to $3,200 per Fall and Spring semester along with $3,600 for the summer to participate in cross-campus opportunities including study abroad trips. As part of being selected for the SUPERB Scholarship, Fortson will have access to a research mentorship with graduate students.

Other benefits of this scholarship include professional development seminars, travel support to scientific conferences, support to participate in the 4-day summer institute and financial support for research projects. The scholarship is awarded at Arkansas State University (A-State), Murray State University (MSU), and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

ASU-Newport wishes Fortson the best of luck as she continues her education.