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Success In STEM Program Helps Incoming Students Prepare

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 9:55am

Pictured front row (left to right); Amber Tyler, Victoir Cahoon, Cassandra Miller and Forrest Myers. Back Row; Anas Mahmoud, Bruce Yeager and Shaquan Turner.

Wesley College piloted a new Success in STEM (SIS) program this summer to help incoming freshmen prepare for the rigors of college level STEM classes. The program took place from July 29 – August 19, 2018 on the Wesley campus.

The three-week program offered selected incoming new students room and board for free during the program as well as the opportunity to participate in directed research, present research and the ability to qualify for a renewable Cannon Scholarship (up to $4,000 per semester) for SIS completion.

Seven students participated in a variety of activities (visits to the Smithsonian, DNREC, DE-Ag Museum, Rehoboth Beach, and Dover Mall) as well as classroom and lab work.

Upon completion of the three-week SIS program, six students (86%) advanced in their math placements and three (43%) placed into Calculus I.

“The success of the pilot program has helped Wesley secure additional funding for next summer,” said Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “We are eager to help more students stay on track to graduate on-time and with research opportunities and hands-on skills that will set them apart after graduation.”

The SIS program was made possible through funds from the NSF DE-EPSCoR, NSF S-STEM, the NIH-NIGMS INBRE programs and the State of Delaware.