Faculty use new grant to plan STEM pathways for underrepresented students – News

Faculty use new grant to plan STEM pathways for underrepresented students – News

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“To start, we will work on diversity training and professional development,” Wetzel said. “We have hired a consultant on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and we will be reading books and having discussions to educate ourselves before we begin the task of writing a five-year recruitment and retention plan for Black, Indigenous and Latinx STEM students.”

Eckerd’s planning group includes Wetzel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jalisa Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Greg Felton, Professor of Computer Science Kelly Debure, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Lindsey Fox, Assistant Professor of Marine Science Amy Siuda, Professor of Physics Anne Cox, Associate Professor of Classics Heather Vincent, Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor Kat Robinson, Director of Admission Jacob Browne, Assistant Vice President for Advancement Justine Sanford and Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Associate Research Scientist Dominique Lazzare ’06.

According to the grant proposal, the team plans to “develop a detailed plan to recruit students, weave our science for the common good approach into curricular and co-curricular programming, create a program structure that prepares students for graduate school success, and ensure program sustainability. The planning grant will also be used for two faculty to develop a science for the common good team-taught course and for a reading and discussion group for the planning team to engage in literature surrounding DEI and STEM.”

At the end of the year, Eckerd plans to reapply to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for an implementation grant to launch the pilot program in 2022 that would enroll the first cohort of five students in Fall 2023, recruiting an additional five students every year.



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Professor Lawrence Cram is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University working in the Department of Applied Mathematics. His interests include astronomy, mathematics, engineering, computing, and physics. Due to his extensive expertise, professor Cram has worked as a Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at ANU during 2004-2012. In 2013, he retired as a Master, University House and Graduate House. In January 2014, he was appointed as an acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. Professor Cram is also a Fellow at the Royal Astronomical Society and the Australian Institute of Physics.
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