Wesley College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education (STEM) professors participated in a presentation at the 2015 National Association of American Colleges & Universities (AA&U) Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education Conference in Seattle, Nov. 12-14, 2015.
Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, Professor of Biology Dr. Kathleen Curran, Professor of Mathematics Dr. Agashi Nwogbaga, Associate Professor of Mathematics Paul Olsen and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephanie Stotts conducted an hour-long workshop-presentation to more than 100 attendees at the conference.
Their presentation provided a framework for attendees to develop and successfully adopt learning goals for high-impact STEM practices. This session featured a mapping exercise to develop goals for integrative and inquiry-based STEM learning courses. The presenters also detailed the process in which Wesley College established a successful partnership to bring undergraduates into the research enterprise (beginning at the freshman level), through support from the Delaware- Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) (National Science Foundation NSF-EPSCoR) program, the Delaware- IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-NIGMS IDeA) program, a NSF IDBR (ARRA) grant, the Cannon Scholar (NSF S-STEM) program and through matching funds from the State of Delaware (Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) program).