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  • University of Washington Student Receives SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship

    The SBB Research Group Foundation named Leah Davis a recipient of its STEM scholarship. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Leah Davis, a senior, studies marine biology at the University of Washington. Her contributions to research studying the myostatin gene pathway in salmonids provided implications for how to best facilitate aquaculture. She also played a significant role in a research project studying Pacific herring in the Puget Sound, the results of which will inform conservation efforts for depleted populations. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for Makah tribal fifth graders in the Riverways Program. Recently, Davis started working on a project in cooperation with tribal, state, and federal entities studying Chinook salmon distribution in nearshore habitats in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. "Leah is not only dedicated to implementing the knowledge she gains in class but spreading that knowledge to others. We're thrilled to support her in her efforts," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. For eligibility criteria and more information on the Foundation’s STEM scholarship, please visit www.sbbscholarship.org. This story can be found on Yahoo! and PR Web

  • American University Student Receives SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship

    The SBB Research Group Foundation named Collin Coil a recipient of its STEM scholarship. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Collin Coil, a junior, studies pure mathematics and data science at American University (AU). He contributed to international finance research cited by the Federal Reserve, which played a part in the greater understanding, better regulation, and increased stability in the world's system of sovereign debt financing. Additionally, Congress cited his work tracking and modeling diverse representation in Congressional Witness panels as a primary motivator to change their rules for the 117th Congress. He recently interned with Noblis and worked in their experimental technology division to develop efficient DNA digital data storage. Currently, Coil works in the AU Center for Data Science with a research focus on artificial intelligence and computational methods. "Collin is an incredibly impressive student, and we're proud to support someone so dedicated to using his education to improve our world," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. For eligibility criteria and more information on the Foundation’s STEM scholarship, please visit www.sbbscholarship.org. This story can be found on Yahoo!

  • SBB Research Group Foundation Awards Additional Grants to 3 Illinois Nonprofits

    The SBB Research Group Foundation invited three prior grant recipients to share updates on their critical efforts to support the local community. The Foundation awarded additional grants to further each of the respective organization’s mission (organizations listed alphabetically): A Safe Place (Zion) provides comprehensive support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, addressing their immediate and long-term needs. Its services aim to help victims recover and prevent future abuse from occurring. Facing Forward to End Homelessness (Chicago) aims to effectively end homelessness for families and individuals by providing them with hope, assistance, and housing. Reading Power (Lake Forest) provides focused and personalized literacy tutoring for children from prekindergarten to second grade. “These charities are committed to helping our community and we are honored to assist them achieve their goals,” said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. The Foundation encourages any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to apply for a grant at sbbrg.org/apply-for-grant. Donations are awarded to different organizations monthly. This story can be found on GlobeNewswire

  • You Are Enough Receives the SBB Research Group Foundation Grant

    You Are Enough received a $5,000 grant from the SBB Research Group Foundation, which awards monthly grants to support impactful organizations. You Are Enough is a nonprofit organization that works to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and let those who are struggling know that they have support from their local communities. They do this by involving the strength of community connections to show individuals that they are not alone in their struggles. “We want to eliminate mental health stigma and remind people that they do not have to struggle alone. The more we normalize kids’ feelings and teach them to confront these big issues, the better off the individuals and community will be,” said Adison Schwartz, Founder and President. Currently, the organization is focused on building and implementing a “Wellness Center” within Deerfield High School. The center will provide an environment where students and staff can assess and understand their emotions. This facility will have a multi-tiered support system, self-regulation tools, and a trauma interventionist available for those needing emotional support. “It will be a space for students and teachers to relax, reenergize, and recharge,” said Schwartz. The organization's long-term goal is to eventually progress this idea and provide wellness centers in schools nationwide. “You Are Enough addresses a need that affects so many schools. We are honored to support them in their courageous mission, and we are excited about their future,” said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. The organization will use the SBB Research Group Foundation grant to pioneer a new mental health program that focuses and dedicates itself to young adults’ mental health in local high school communities. This story can be found on GlobeNewswire

  • SBB Research Group Foundation Names July 2023 Grant Finalists

    The SBB Research Group Foundation recognizes three Chicago-area charities as the July 2023 finalists of its monthly grant program supporting impactful nonprofits (in alphabetical order): FIRST Illinois Robotics (Prospect Heights) inspires young people to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Their inclusive robotics programs cater to individuals aged 4-18, preparing them for a successful future. Intergenerational Computer Education (Chicago) aims to empower individuals across all age groups to excel in the digital realm through inclusive education and training. They strive to build a more connected and inclusive society by fostering computer literacy. Team IMPACT (Chicago) creates a secure and uplifting atmosphere where families facing serious illnesses and/or disabilities can establish meaningful connections with college athletic teams and the surrounding campus community. The Foundation encourages any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to apply for a grant at sbbrg.org/apply-for-grant. Donations are awarded to different organizations monthly. This story can be found on Business Wire

  • Union College Student Receives SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship

    The SBB Research Group Foundation named Jing Chen a recipient of its STEM scholarship. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Jing Chen, a senior, studies Computer Science at Union College. She is the Co-President of the Union College Chapter of ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery-Women). Recently, she interned with Flutter Care, a women-led start-up that designs wearable devices and telehealth software for expectant parents. During her internship, Chen helped build The Flutter Care Pregnancy Companion App, conduct user interviews, and implement inclusive application features. "Jing's commitment to developing inclusive and accessible technology is what makes her a great recipient of this scholarship," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. For eligibility criteria and more information on the Foundation’s STEM scholarship, please visit www.sbbscholarship.org. This story can be found on Yahoo!

  • DrinkWater Family Services Receives the SBB Research Group Foundation Grant

    DrinkWater Family Services received a $5,000 grant from the SBB Research Group Foundation, which awards monthly grants to support impactful organizations. DrinkWater Family Services provides a safe and inclusive environment for supervised visitation, primarily focused on families that experienced domestic violence and children in foster care to reconnect with their biological parents in a holistic and comfortable setting. “There is a pressing need for a private and intimate space for children to interact with their biological parents and siblings,” said Michelle Hollins Casey, Founder of DrinkWater Family Services. "Often, families must resort to holding visitations in public spaces such as restaurant parking lots and parks, where meaningful connections between families are hard to attain." “Family connections are so important to us. We are proud to support DrinkWater Family Services as they provide a service that is often overlooked,” said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. Recently, the organization has adopted a new monthly respite playdate program that benefits foster or adoptive parents and children. The program allows parents to drop off their children and have respite time to themselves or stay to connect with other parents while children are offered therapeutic movement breaks, food, and organized communal play. “This program provides a much-needed break for parents and a fun and safe space for children to play and interact,” said Amanda Colletti, Board Member. DrinkWater Family Services will utilize the SBB Research Group Foundation grant to continue its vision of providing safe opportunities for families to have weekly supervised visitations and offer parenting classes that focus on youth mental wellness and dietary support. This story can be found on GlobeNewswire

  • The SBBRG Foundation Sponsors Heartland Animal Shelter

    Heartland Animal Shelter (HAS) received a donation from the SBB Research Group Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits through its Champion A Charity Program. Heartland Animal Shelter believes it is of utmost importance to create a warm, safe, and comfortable space for their feline and canine residents. Earlier this year, the SBBRG Foundation and the Heartland team joined forces to create fleece blankets for the dogs and cats of HAS in Wheeling, IL. Laura Heisinger, SBBRG Foundation’s charity leader for HAS, along with a staff member of HAS provided information about the shelter and its adoptable animals while engaging with attendees. Two adorable canines seeking a forever home made a special appearance as well. "I was truly inspired witnessing the Foundation come together for a cause that holds such personal significance. Although the act of blanket making may appear trivial, its profound impact on each animal under our care cannot be overstated," says Heisinger. Beyond the heartwarming blanket-making activity, the SBBRG Foundation and Heartland Animal Shelter partnership encompasses broader initiatives. The collaboration will provide new anesthesia machines and allocate funds to support the Arlo Fund and the Dr. Do More Fund. The Arlo Fund aims to ensure comprehensive care for all dogs at HAS, attending to their mental and emotional needs through training, behavioral interventions, and a shelter enrichment program. The Dr. Do More Fund empowers HAS to offer specialized medical, behavioral, and rehabilitative care for treatable animals, ensuring they receive the attention and support required for their well-being. For more details, please visit heartlandanimalshelter.org. This story can be found on Business Wire

  • SBB Research Group Foundation Names April 2023 Grant Finalists

    The SBB Research Group Foundation recognizes three Chicago-area charities as the April 2023 finalists of its monthly grant program supporting impactful nonprofits (in alphabetical order): DrinkWater Family Services (Lindenhurst) seeks to provide a safe and inclusive environment that offers a distinct holistic opportunity for children in foster care and their biological parents to visit. Serving People with a Mission (Chicago) aims to equip individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain the right skills and knowledge to become outstanding leaders who serve their communities well. This is Life (Chicago) strives to inspire the youth to remain focused and dedicated to mastering their crafts and contributing positively to their communities and the world. They are committed to promoting a positive outlook by empowering young individuals to hone their talents and share them with the world. The Foundation encourages any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to apply for a grant at sbbrg.org/apply-for-grant. Donations are awarded to different organizations monthly. This story can be found on Business Wire

  • SBBRG Foundation Celebrates Success of Trisha Dani After Receiving STEM Scholarship

    The SBB Research Group Foundation is proud to highlight the continued success of Trisha Dani after receiving the STEM Scholarship in 2021. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Dani received the SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship during her sophomore year at University of Michigan while pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Since being awarded the scholarship, Dani has held internships at the State Department and Meta, where she engaged with diverse problem spaces such as full stack development, machine learning, embedded systems, and computer vision. She now works as a machine learning engineer at Humana. “It’s so wonderful to see Trisha continue to use her STEM education in her career. We are honored to be a step on her pathway to success," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. The SBB Research Group Foundation is honored to have played a role in Dani’s success. We look forward to continuing to support outstanding students in STEM and helping them achieve their full potential. For eligibility criteria and more information on the Foundation’s STEM scholarship, please visit www.sbbscholarship.org. This story can be found on Yahoo!

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