Social Responsibility

Community support—fostering the scientific minds of tomorrow

In 2018, Aclaris entered into a partnership with Harris-Stowe State University through which both organizations committed to bridging the gap associated with under-represented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and medical (STEM) jobs in St Louis. We share an interest in making a difference, one student at a time.

We believe there are very talented people from under-represented backgrounds who have not had the experiences necessary to be adequately prepared to enter the STEM workforce or graduate/professional studies, even after successfully completing undergraduate degree programs. Many are members of minority groups and have not had role models or experiences to show them how to prepare for a STEM career.

This partnership between Aclaris and Harris-Stowe State University will address gaps in workforce development. Aclaris and its subsidiary, Confluence Discovery Technologies, will provide hands-on relevant experience, internships, and potential employment opportunities. Harris-Stowe State University will provide an enhanced curriculum for students majoring in biology or chemistry.

Aclaris plans to provide paid summer internships for up to two high potential students per year. Harris-Stowe State University students, who complete two summer internships with Aclaris and successfully complete their education at Harris-Stowe State University with a degree in biology or chemistry under the enhanced curriculum guidelines, will be considered for full-time employment as associate scientists.