Immaculata University Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Immaculata University has received $595,880 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Scholars Program over the course of five years. Under the direction of Sister Susan Cronin, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biology, the grant will provide scholarships for community college students to complete their four-year program at Immaculata in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science.
With this grant, Immaculata is building stronger relationships with area community colleges to recruit at least 36 community college students to major in a STEM field. These students must have earned at least 48 transferable credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Immaculata´s STEM Scholars Program (SSP) will offer these students faculty mentors, SSP courses, monthly lectures, field trips, internships, and networking opportunities to foster students´ research and leadership skills. The program will provide a supportive academic environment to ensure that 75% of its students complete their degrees and that 80% of these graduates are placed in a STEM career or graduate program. This grant is the fourth one from NSF that Immaculata has received since 2001.
The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (S-STEM) program provides institutions with funds for scholarships to enable academically talented but financially needy students to enter the workforce following completion of a degree in a STEM field. The NSF established this program in response to the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act, which aims to substantially increase the number of American scientists and engineers. The S-STEM program emphasizes the importance of mentoring students as they complete their degrees, and working with employers to help place graduates in the STEM workforce.
"We are very excited that this NSF grant will allow Immaculata to provide access to a STEM degree for community college students," says Sister Susan. "We will utilize Immaculata´s resources of academic support, the student research program, and the Career Development Center. Immaculata faculty members are dedicated to working with students both in and outside of the classroom and to providing opportunities to network with the scientific community via our monthly series of speakers from industry and academia."
Immaculata University, a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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