Lewis University Receives Another NSF Grant

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Lewis University Receives Another NSF Grant

Published: July 13, 2015.

Lewis University has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $201,123 to implement a Lewis University project on “Implementing and Investigating Mathematical Modeling as a Means to Demonstrate the Interdisciplinary Nature of Science and Increase STEM Retention.” The NSF Grant for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) addresses ways to increase retention to assure student success and encourage continued interest in STEM-related careers.

“It is timely to address student success in the STEM disciplines as Lewis continues to increase enrollment in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. I am encouraged that this project will provide additional resources for our students, assisting in retention and encouraging them to pursue STEM careers,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president.

Lewis University’s project will work on strengthening academic performance and first-year retention among Biology and Computer Science freshmen, especially among underrepresented minorities. The project will provide a model for improving interdisciplinary STEM learning that can be replicated in other STEM courses, including General Biology, Ecology, Genetics, and Introduction to Computer Science.

“The course redesign will reinforce important concepts in quantitative biology so students gain a greater appreciation for their applications in the life sciences,” commented Dr. Jerry Kavouras, Chair and Associate Professor of Biology.

Directors of this program include Dr. Kavouras along with Dr. Cynthia Howard, Associate Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences; Dr. Raymond Klump, Chair and Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences; and Dr. Sarah Powers, Assistant Professor of Biology.

In February, Lewis University received a $613,428 grant for the “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Connections” program. The funds assist in the creation of a five-year scholarship program for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Chemical Physics students at Lewis University.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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