Carroll University receives $1M grant to support STEM majors

Freeman Staff

Feb. 14, 2018

WAUKESHA — Carroll University announced Tuesday that it has received a five-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant in support of the Scholarships in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant project, “Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy.”

The project will focus on providing financial and academic support to students majoring in STEM fields, particularly those required to take calculus, to increase retention and enrollment as well as provide financial assistance for those in need. Led by Dr. John Symms, associate professor of mathematics and Dr. Kathy Kramer, assistant professor of education, the program will fund $660,000 in scholarships for approximately 128 students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in applied physics, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and mathematics.

Additionally, a research team will examine how integrating focused instruction in general education courses, supporting faculty, and implementing peer-led study groups and community building activities can better promote persistence in STEM majors and prepare students to meet the needs of today’s workforce.

According to a press release, as part of their general education, students will come to understand the type of learner they are and how to persevere when courses challenge them, while faculty work to determine how their approach to teaching can best support the students.

At the end of the program, faculty will publish and present their findings to aid other small schools in increasing their completion rates.