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City Leadership to Join Science Administrators for Update on STEM Education Initiatives

Release Date: 
Apr 25 2013

The Central Indiana STEM Talent Expansion Project (STEP) initiative provides faculty and program support for students in science and engineering at IUPUI. Through focused efforts and continued mentorship, graduation rates of students in these disciplines continue to climb and the impact is being felt across Indiana.

At 3 p.m. on May 7, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and members of his administration will visit the School of Science to hear an update on the STEP initiative, now completing its third year. In addition to Ballard, speakers for the event include Dean of Science Simon Rhodes, Associate Dean Jeffrey Watt and STEM student Maria Harlan. The event will be held in the Lilly Auditorium, in the lower level of the IUPUI University Library.

Refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.

Through this program, as well as campus agencies such as the Urban Center for STEM Education, IUPUI and the School of Science continue to drive marked improvements in STEM education and contribute to the success of students across many disciplines.

Below are a few highlights of the STEP initiative:

  • Funded by a $2 million NSF grant, this program targets STEM student success at IUPUI by a coordinated efforts involving 17 departments in the School of Science and the School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI, as well as at Ivy Tech Community College.
  • Yearly goals include a 10% increase in STEM graduation rates, which will result in over 750 additional IUPUI STEM graduates by 2015.
  • The program expands on successful efforts for undergraduate student success at IUPUI such as the Freshman Work Program, the Life-Health Science Internship (LHSI), and the many CRL (Center for Research and Learning) research opportunities for Science undergraduates.
  • Impact: new Women in Science House (WISH) STEM Summer Bridge, new Science Career Development Services (CDS), new Physics Learning Space (PhyLS), expanded efforts in Peer Mentoring, undergraduate research, and on-line student support.

Learn more on the STEP Initiative