Wesley College professors and a professional staff member chronicled their efforts to raise the profile of Wesley’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs through grant funding.
Wesley’s Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, Professor of Biology Dr. William K. Kroen, Executive Director of Student Success Ms. Charlene B. Stephens, and Professor of Chemistry and Physics Dr. Richard J. Kashmar, have a peer-reviewed article published in “The Journal of College Teaching & Learning.”
“We worked collaboratively to create opportunities for STEM students that would not only engage our students but also increase their success rates,” said Dr. D’Souza.
The article describes in detail the initiatives taken by the STEM faculty who sought federal and state grant funding to implement a coordinated program of curriculum enhancements and student support programs, with a goal to increase the number of students choosing STEM majors, improve their academic success and retention.
The authors acknowledge support from an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH grant no. P20GM103446, Delaware INBRE program); a National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant IIA-1301765 (Delaware EPSCoR program); an NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant (NSF ARI R2 0960503); an NSF S-STEM grant (NSF DUE 1355554 – the Wesley College Cannon Scholar program); and the State of Delaware (Delaware Economic Development Office).
The article can be accessed here: www.cluteinstitute.com/ojs/index.php/TLC/article/view/9311.