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Wesley STEM Launches Innovative Interdisciplinary Program

Wesley students Andreanna Jeffries and Momina Toseef

Wesley College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program launched the STEM Undergraduate Research – Center for Analytics, Talent and Success (UR-CATS) to help build a STEM capable workforce with increased participation from women and underrepresented minorities.

“Wesley has been offering undergraduate research opportunities to STEM students through our directed research program for years and this new interdisciplinary hub is the natural next step to helping our students better prepare for STEM careers and graduate opportunities,” said Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Research Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza. “We are very excited to give our students this empowering opportunity to reach their full potential.”

In collaboration with our other statewide institutional partners, this program will allow students to work across multiple domains for an intensive and in-depth education and research experience. “These partnerships afford our collective institutions, and students, the opportunities to leverage the unique capabilities that each institution provides, thereby increasing the unparalleled educational experience we offer at the Colleges/Universities in Delaware. I am excited about the potential of this program and the impact it will have on our students, as well as the communities that they will serve after graduation,” said Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II.

Integrated experiential learning is embedded in STEM courses and other related data science activities. The STEM UR-CATS program will make it easier for employers and graduate programs, to recruit Wesley STEM graduates.

The many programs sponsored through the STEM UR-CATS program are as follows: independent mentored projects, project-based courses, informatics (including formal statistical analysis, SAS programming for the management of large data sets, and GIS – geographic information systems), faculty workshops, STEM student support, STEM student success, innovation programs for high-school seniors, and STEM outreach/volunteer opportunities.

“Our informatics certificate and minor programs are unique to Delaware and have been highly touted as the wave of the future,” said Dr. D’Souza. “Wesley has led the way in the state for offering this program as a value add for our students to be better prepared in STEM professions.”

The STEM UR-CATS program will be managed by Dr. D’Souza, Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives Dr. Kevin E. Shuman, STEM Programs Assistant Vernetta Knight and Academic Grants Research Administrator Emily Wood.