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.
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.