GSK STEM Equity Grants
To further our commitment to increase the number of diverse Philadelphia students entering STEM careers by 2030, GSK will support at least $1 million in grant funds each year to nonprofit organizations working to address inequity in STEM education and career pathways.
In 2020, we are proud to support the following programs with GSK STEM Equity Grants:
Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
STEM Resources for K-12: STEM Virtual Labs & STEM Mini-Grants
Due to the ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic, School District of Philadelphia students are receiving virtual instruction in all subjects, including science. To provide teachers and students the opportunity to engage in science investigation and experiments while in a virtual setting, this grant will support a district-wide virtual laboratory software. These curricular enhancements will help teachers and students to engage more deeply in their science content during the pandemic and beyond, unhampered by inequity in science lab spaces or equipment. STEM mini-grants will also be offered to teachers so that they can develop new project-based learning experiences in STEM for students that will be tailored to their local community and interests, when they return to in-person instruction.
Increasing Equity in Philadelphia STEM Instruction
This multi-year GSK investment will support 100 middle school math and science teachers to implement new curricula that aim to increase participation, engagement and success for students underrepresented in STEM careers, including girls and Black and Latinx students. Funding will support training, materials and ongoing coaching to teachers, and positively impact the success of 32,000 students across the School District of Philadelphia.Back to top
College of Physicians of Philadelphia – STEM Internship Program
This innovative summer and academic-year internship program for 22 high school students, recruited city-wide, links STEM learning with social-justice issues.
These students, many of whom have been directly affected by violence, are able to explore the impact of violence through STEM disciplines like public health and forensics while making a difference in their own community. The program aims to help them form peer and mentor relationships, graduate on-time, apply to college, and pursue STEM majors and careers.
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Philadelphia Robotics Coalition
The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition supports robotics programming for Philadelphia public school students.
The “hands-on, minds-on” STEM challenges that students face in robotics programs assist them in building critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills. Their experience working together with a team also helps them to learn essential skills like cooperation and dependability. Providing Philadelphia students with the opportunity to engage in robotics builds important skills and experiences to increase their interest and success in STEM courses and future careers.
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Wistar Institute – Accelerated Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program
For the past 20 years, The Wistar Institute has provided two summers of paid, hands-on biomedical research training for students from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), opening doors to careers in the life sciences for diverse students for whom these opportunities have been limited.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to postpone this important program in 2020, Wistar will pilot a new accelerated training program in Summer 2021. This investment will support 15 technician trainees from CCP to engage in hands-on research and prepare for biomedical careers or continue their education, expanding a diverse and highly-skilled workforce for life sciences in Philadelphia.Back to top
Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research (PSBR) – Science Program and Research Coach (SPARC)
PSBR will deliver hands-on science instruction through their SPARC van to students across Philadelphia.
Informed by real-world biomedical industry partners, PSBR will utilize its science programs to "SPARC” underrepresented students’ interest in the biomedical field and inspire them to pursue STEM education and career pathways. They will utilize their mobile program to bring curriculum-enhancing biomedical science lessons directly to students in both in-school and out-of-school time settings and will provide professional development to participating teachers and instructors.Back to top
More about our STEM education programs
US Community Partnerships
We invest our charitable funds with nonprofit partners that are doing good for people in need in the communities where we live and work.
Our science education programs inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology and math.
GSK Science in the Summer
Our science education programs are focused on generating a STEM workforce through programs that inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM.
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective
Learn about our 10-year collaborative effort to increase the number of diverse Philadelphia students entering STEM careers.