The Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC) has awarded Saint Joseph's College a $15,000 grant for the Freshman STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Retention Program. This is the second straight year that SJC has been awarded an INSGC grant.
The two-part program is designed to build the skills needed to succeed in Biology, Biology-Chemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Enrollment in the program is limited to 30 freshmen who will then have the opportunity to develop STEM-related academic skills, foster social connections among other freshmen and upperclassmen, and learn about career opportunities from SJC alumni. During the spring semester, the students will work closely with STEM faculty and fellow students in their major to conduct hands-on research.
"We believe that this program can have a significant impact on helping students achieve their goals, build connections, and gain a valuable perspective on their future careers," said Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Jennifer Coy. "We can't wait to meet this year's freshmen."
Since funding for the grant was announced late in the summer, the program has been redesigned to be a fall semester bridge program. Six faculty members are working on the grant: Jennifer Coy; Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Dr. Bob Brodman; Professor of Chemistry Dr. Rob Pfaff; Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Mathematics Marge McIlwain; Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Tim Rice; and Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer.
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.
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