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Cannon Scholar Program Success Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal

Posted October 13th, 2018 at 8:38pm

Roeske, Dr. D’Souza, Dr. Shuman, and Dr. Wentzien.

Four Wesley College faculty co-authored an article “Working with the Wesley College Cannon Scholar Program: Improving Retention, Persistence, and Success,” that was featured in the February – March 2018 issue of “Journal of STEM Education.”

In this article, the faculty demonstrated that 95% of Cannon Scholars are retained and their GPA is 2/3 of a letter grade higher than the remaining STEM majors and 2/6 higher than our non-STEM majors.

“This is a staggering achievement – as 63% did not make the incoming Cannon Scholar requirement of a 2.7 GPA or a minimum 1006 entering SAT score,” said Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “The program has allowed students with high aspirations and a strong work ethic to succeed.”

Wesley faculty that contributed to the article include Dr. D’Souza, Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives Dr. Kevin E. Shuman, Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien and Adjunct Chemistry Professor/Laboratory Supervisor Kris Roeske.

Support for the Cannon Scholars program was provided by NSF S-STEM, NSF-EPSCoR, NIH-NIGMS-INBRE, NASA DESGC, and the State of Delaware, providing undergraduate research support.