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The Dow Chemical Company Foundation recently made a funding commitment for a new program at West Virginia State University to help increase the interest of young people in the fields of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics, or STEAM.

The new Dow High eSTEAM program is designed for students from kindergarten through college-age. It will promote biology, chemistry and other STEAM-based education as well as expand opportunities for hands-on research among WVSU students.

"On behalf of West Virginia State University, I am extremely appreciative of this generous commitment from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation," WVSU President Brian Hemphill said in a news release. "Along with its strong presence in the Kanawha Valley, Dow has been a long-time supporter of State.

"This donation will assist the university in expanding our research and public service mission while providing additional opportunities for the next generation of researchers."

Dow's West Virginia Operations Site Leader Tyler London said the program helps meet a growing need for the development of strong STEAM skills in the current workforce.