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Riverside Research Presents Minority Leaders Scholarships to the University of Dayton

Riverside Research Presents Minority Leaders Scholarships to the University of Dayton

2 December 2015

DAYTON, OH – Riverside Research, a not-for-profit scientific research company primarily supporting the US Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, awarded three Minority Leaders Program scholarships to the University of Dayton for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Minority Leaders Program scholarships are reserved for minority students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. This marks the second consecutive year that Riverside Research has supported STEM education pursuits at the University of Dayton through Minority Leaders Program scholarships.

The Minority Leaders Program is among the University of Dayton’s many initiatives to support minorities in STEM. The School of Engineering's Minority Engineering Program and Minority Leaders Program have created opportunities and increased the number of diverse candidates for the region's engineering companies.  These opportunities improve retention and graduation rates for minority students.

University of Dayton students Kaihmeelah Bonham, Deidre Cathey, and Michele Cabell received the Riverside Research STEM scholarships this year. Kaihmeelah and Deidre, both graduating seniors, received Riverside Research STEM scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year as well, making this the second consecutive year that they have earned scholarships from the company. Kaihmeelah is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering; Deidre and Michele are studying Chemical Engineering. All three students maintain grade point averages above 3.0.

“Riverside Research is honored to continue to support University of Dayton students in their pursuit of technical degrees,” said Riverside Research President Richard Annas. “By partnering with the University of Dayton and other area colleges and universities, Riverside Research ensures that the future technical workforce will be well-qualified to address pressing challenges in STEM.”

Riverside Research and the University of Dayton also work together under a Cooperative Research Agreement, which was signed in October 2013. This agreement continues and expands the organizations’ partnership with joint pursuit of a multitude of academic and educational research initiatives. Ongoing efforts include the development and implementation of several STEM courses taught by Riverside Research senior technical experts as well as other research, education, and workforce development initiatives.

Photo (L to R): Miss Deidre Cathey, President Richard Annas, Miss Kaihmeelah Bonham (Not Pictured: Miss Michele Cabell)

About the University of Dayton 

The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), the University of Dayton focuses on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing critical minds and compassionate hearts.    

About Riverside Research

Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in the public interest and in support of the United States government. Comprised of leading engineering, technology, and operations experts, Riverside Research delivers trusted solutions in Biomedical Engineering, Cyber, Electromagnetic Sciences, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. These Centers of Excellence are supported by five integrated research laboratories that conduct independent and mission-focused research in critical technology areas. Originating as part of Columbia University in the 1950s and established as an independent corporation in 1967, Riverside Research remains dedicated to its academic heritage by working with colleges and universities from across the nation to advance science, technology, engineering, and math through education, research, and workforce development. Learn more at


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