Lewis University named a STEM friendly school

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Lewis University named a STEM friendly school

Published: December 12, 2014.

Lewis University has been included on the inaugural list of “2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges” by STEM Jobs Magazine. The list rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations.

Significant progress in STEM majors at Lewis University contributed to achieving this designation. According to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University: “Our splendid new Science Center has stimulated greater interest in the sciences and provided excellent facilities for study and research. Our students have made impressive national presentations on their real-world research, and the University has developed many new partnerships with scientific research firms in the area.”

More than 1,600 colleges participated in the STEM Jobs ratings process. Colleges were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary survey questions around three key indicators of success: 1) program alignment to job demand, 2) job placement after graduation, and 3) diversity in a school’s STEM programs.

Earlier this year, Samantha Rinehart '14 presented her research with Dr. Jason Keleher and classmate Jeromy Rech to legislators in Washington, D.C. during the Center for Undergraduate Research “Posters on the Hill” event. Lewis students in various majors are working on research year-round through university programs, such as the Summer STEM Undergraduate Research Experience, Celebration of Scholarship, and the Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research.

Partnerships with medical schools, graduate and professional schools provide students with opportunities to expand their learning as well as cooperative agreements and research projects with institutions like Argonne National Laboratory, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Nanophase and Sherwin Williams.

A rapidly growing number of Lewis University undergraduate students are majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Criminal Investigation, Information Security, Information Security and Risk Management, Interactive Media, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Pharmacy. Adult and graduate students are increasingly attracted to Lewis programs such as the Post-Baccalaureate Biomedical Sciences Pre-Medical Studies program and graduate level programs of Business Analytics, Information Security and Risk Management.

A full listing of schools included on the list of “2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges” can be found by visiting www.stemjobs.com/2015-stem-jobs-approved-colleges.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 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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