January 2016 Connections:
The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
This month’s issue of Connections highlights many innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs offered by Jesuit institutions. Historically, Jesuits have been leaders in these areas of study and now, several of our schools are developing scholarship programs to support students (especially minorities) to pursue degrees in STEM fields.
Without a doubt, 2016 is already proving to be one unpredictable year in politics. With almost one third of the Senate, the entire House, and the Presidency up for election, the decisions made by voters will ultimately determine higher education policy, even if there is little debate about higher education this year.
An interdisciplinary group of sciences faculty at Loyola University Maryland has been awarded a $565,495 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a scholarship and mentoring program to recruit and graduate academically talented low-income students pursuing a degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
As technology and innovation continue to shape the world, educators have stressed the importance of the STEM curriculum as they prepare students for future success. The STEAM Studio, a partnership between Rockhurst University’s education department and Kansas City-based architecture firm Gould Evans, adds an "a" for "art" to the acronym.
Two guiding documents challenge Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to engage with the world through service. A Jesuit university with vibrant, outward-looking STEM programs is well equipped to respond positively to these challenges; read about Seattle University's programs in this issue of Connections.
Since its founding in 1877, the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) has embraced its location within and commitment to Detroit, MI. It is in this spirit that we describe ongoing funded projects in the College of Engineering and Science (E&S) that will impact communities in a proud, resurgent Detroit.
Aparna Venkatesan was the very first woman to graduate from Cornell University’s astronomy department. That was in 1993. Two decades later, women and minorities still face an uphill battle for science-related careers, says Venkatesan, now chair of the University of San Francisco's (USF) physics and astronomy department.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) sponsors over 30 conferences (affinity groups) within the AJCU Network. Find out which conferences and affiliated programs will meet in winter / spring 2016.