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A Trio of “Wins” For University STEM Programs

by Rachel Heston-Davis A Trio of “Wins” For University STEM Programs

With an infusion of ambitious students, new faculty and a track record of excellent performance, it’s an exciting time to be involved with STEM programs at Greenville University.

Chemistry Department Chair Darrell Iler brings an update on three “wins” in the science and math departments this year.

Talented New Faculty

“We have been blessed immensely through new faculty with wonderful stories of faith and commitment to Christian higher education,” says Iler.

Robin Anderson (Mathematics): With a decade of teaching experience in college mathematics, Robin brings strong skills to the Department of Mathematics at Greenville University. She has finished her doctoral coursework and anticipates completing her PhD in computational geometry at St. Louis University by 2019.

Gregg Marcello (Biology): Greg holds a master’s in zoology with a certificate of ecology from Miami University in Ohio and has completed all but the final corrections on his PhD dissertation in zoology. He will teach the general biology program this fall and is already planning involvement with the summer science research program for students next year.

Vlad Ivashyn (Engineering): Vlad comes to Greenville with a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland. He taught at Penn State University. He will teach Introduction to Engineering and Statistical Mechanics this fall.

Science LabRobust Enrollment

As new faculty arrive in the departments, so do plenty of new students. Enrollment in freshman courses has reached exciting levels, says Iler, with general biology and general chemistry each  boasting more than 70 students. Calculus and Introduction to Engineering are also popular choices with students.

High Accolades for Graduates

A review of recent graduates from STEM programs at Greenville University reveals a record of high success.

“Students [from STEM departments] have been accepted into PhD programs at top universities in the country, typically with full tuition waivers and stipends,” says Iler. “Additional Fellowships have been awarded to our students at the University of Colorado, University of Illinois and Virginia Tech.”

Three of the last six year’s President's Citation awardees were from the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Iler credits strong instruction, summer science research opportunities and advanced instrumentation in the sciences for the University’s success rate with STEM students.

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This story was published on September 19, 2017

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