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COAST Program

Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology

COAST Program

Interested in the sciences? Take advantage of an innovative, new program that offers scholarships, tutoring, seminars with visiting scientists, and other opportunities to help you prepare for careers or graduate programs in the sciences.


Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Knox College's COAST Program targets students who plan to major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry. COAST prioritizes students who are the first in their family to attend college and students who are from groups underrepresented in science-related fields. Find out if you're eligible!

Success in the Sciences

Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson '16, a biology and environmental studies double major, interned at Yosemite National Park through the NSF-REU program

Edward Dale

Edward Dale '10, a chemistry and biochemistry double major, is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow who's pursuing molecular research


COAST First-Year Experience

Qualified first-year Knox students, known as COAST Candidates, will receive personalized attention and academic support, including:

  • Tutoring and supplemental instruction
  • Seminars with visiting scientists
  • Career-exploration activities


COAST Scholarship Program
Select students will be chosen as COAST Scholars starting with their sophomore year, and will receive scholarships worth up to $10,000 each. The scholarships are renewable for the Scholars' junior and senior years at Knox. COAST Scholars also will be offered additional opportunities to participate in:

  • Mentorships
  • Teaching and research assistantships
  • Summer research work
  • Graduate school preparatory programs
  • Other benefits tailored to their academic and career goals


COAST Candidates who are not chosen as COAST Scholars still will have the opportunity to participate in some of  these activities.

Careers in Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry
The COAST Program can help academically talented Knox students successfully prepare for careers or graduate programs in the sciences and related fields. An undergraduate biology, biochemistry, or chemistry degree can lead to careers like these:

  • Art conservation
  • Biotechnology
  • Drug safety
  • Environmental management and conservation
  • Food Science
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Material science
  • Microbiology
  • Nanochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Toxicology



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