Monsanto Site Helps Coker College Provide Paid Summer Internships to Students


Coker College prides itself on its ability to engage students and teachers in current scientific research being conducted by faculty. They consider independent laboratory research at the undergraduate level to be an essential element of a student’s education. In an effort to expose students to research opportunities, they have put together a summer program that will not only expose them to research, but also promote awareness of the many career options available in the field of science.

Coker College has been awarded a $9,960 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to support a summer program in science for local high school students and teachers.

“The vision for this particular program involves broadening otherwise rare opportunities for students and teachers to learn technologically advanced skills in the rapidly changing discipline of scientific research,” Joseph Flaherty, professor of biology at Coker College, said.

“I look forward to this program fostering important working relationships between students and learning professionals from local high schools, as well as Coker College,” Flaherty said.

Dawn Fraser, Monsanto site lead in Hartsville, S.C., was very excited to play a part in the donation.

“Monsanto is proud to provide support for such a worthwhile science program with Coker College,” Fraser said. “This program will provide a great foundation for students and high school teachers to gain an understanding and appreciation of the necessity of scientific research. We try to emphasize the importance of science education to breed the next generation of scientists.”

Goz Segars, Coker College board of trustees chair, also commented on the grant.

“Monsanto’s commitment to enhancing local educational opportunities in Hartsville represents a timely response to the skyrocketing demand for science and technology skills in the workplace,” Segars said.  

This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, which is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as the communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work. a