Several Wesley College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Department faculty and staff presented research at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Transforming STEM Higher Education: Confirming the Authority of Evidence Conference, in Atlanta, GA, on November 8-10.
The presentation “Implementing an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Center for Analytics, Talent, and Success” addressed one of the main goals of the conference – broadening participation in STEM fields. The Wesley presenters included; Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcom D’Souza, Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives Dr. Kevin Shuman, Academic Research Grants Administrator Emily Wood and STEM Programs Assistant Melanie Pritchett.
“Wesley students are finding real success after graduation due in part to the programs the College has put in place that gives them opportunities at undergraduate research during their first year,” said Dr. D’Souza. “This model is giving our students an advantage over other College students competing for the same jobs.”
In addition, another Wesley group lead a discussion entitled, “S-STEM Supported Learning Community: Systematic Transformation at a Mid-Atlantic College” which focused on the deliberate and planned changes Wesley College has made over the last few years to help students adjust and succeed in the College environment. The group included Associate Professor and Program Director of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephanie Stotts, Professor of Mathematics Dr. Agashi Nwogbaga, Coordinator of Tutoring Programs Danielle Archambault, Dr. D’Souza, Dr. Shuman, Wood and Pritchett.
Travel and curricular content were supported through the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) IDeA (DE-INBRE) program, the NSF DE- Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, the NSF S-STEM program and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Delaware Space Grant Consortium (DESGC) program.