INL News Release
February 23, 2012

Kortny Rolston, 208-526-0962,
Misty Benjamin, 208-351-9900,

JPMorgan Chase Foundation gives $20,000 to i-STEM

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has donated $20,000 to support i-STEM, a statewide partnership to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Idaho.

The money will help fund teacher institutes to be held this summer in Twin Falls, Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. During the four-day, expense-paid workshops, Idaho teachers study specific topics such as robotics or energy, and learn to incorporate hands-on activities into their classrooms. They also receive continuing education credit.

"This donation will help us expand the number of i-STEM institutes and train more teachers, which in turn will help us reach more students," said Anne Seifert, Idaho National Laboratory's STEM coordinator and executive director of the i-STEM initiative. "JPMorgan Chase has been a strong supporter of the i-STEM concept, and this generous donation demonstrates its ongoing commitment to Idaho and its students."

i-STEM was created in 2009 as a way for organizations, universities, industry, government agencies and others throughout Idaho to coordinate and share STEM resources, and to have a greater impact on K-12 education in the state.

Members include Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the state universities, community colleges and technical schools, K-12 school districts, the Idaho Department of Education, Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho Department of Labor, Hewlett-Packard, Partners for Prosperity, Idaho Community Foundation, Micron, Idaho Power and others. More information is available at

"Expanding STEM educational opportunities throughout the state will better prepare our students as the workforce of tomorrow," said Brian Stewart, vice president and community relations officer for Chase. "A well-prepared workforce is essential in creating and maintaining strong and healthy communities."

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves consumers and small businesses through 5,400 bank branches, 16,800 ATMs, mortgage offices and online and mobile banking, as well as through relationships with auto dealerships and schools and universities. Chase has issued more than 90 million credit cards. More information about Chase is available at  
INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 10 multiprogram national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and the environment. INL is the nation's leading scientific laboratory for nuclear energy research and development.

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