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Foundation for the Sciences Will Support GC STEM Programs

By Rachel Heston-Davis Foundation for the Sciences Will Support GC STEM Programs

A generous gift to the College will help support students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

The Foundation for the Sciences was founded in 2015 when GC received a lead gift of $250,000 to create an endowment supporting STEM education at GC. The Foundation for the Sciences Endowment Fund now provides for a variety of needs within the sciences at the College, directed by an advisory committee of alumni.

Keeping Up With Science

As technology advances at a fast clip, it becomes more vital than ever to find dollars for research and instrumentation in undergrad science programs. The Foundation for the Sciences Endowment Fund supports

  • equipment purchases and repairs,
  • lab, field and research experiences for students,
  • upgrades to classroom and lab facilities to meet increased enrollment,
  • faculty chair sponsorships, and
  • faculty resources that facilitate stellar STEM instruction.

GC STEM Delivers Big

Greenville College’s STEM programs already have a track record of excellent educational experiences delivered to students. Majors such as chemistry, physics, math and engineering continue to grow, with biology routinely topping all other majors for enrollment. Signs of healthy progress in the STEM programs at GC include:

Pre-med success: Of GC’s pre-med graduates, 90 percent gain acceptance into medical school upon first application.

Graduates pursue doctorates: Recent graduates such as Kirk Pearce ’15, Elle Shaw ’16, Xiaotong “Toni” Zheng ‘16 and Shuto Osawa ’16 have been accepted into prestigious doctoral programs in their respective fields with waived tuition and generous stipends, thanks to their outstanding undergraduate work at Greenville College.

State-of-the-art laboratories: GC’s quantum information, nanotech and human dissection labs give students access to advanced instrumentation.

Nursing partnerships: A nursing partnerships program with several schools in Illinois and St. Louis allows students to enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts education at Greenville College and then jump on the fast track to a nursing degree from a partner school.

Undergraduate research and publication: Each summer, students gain a competitive edge through hands-on experience as paid full-time researchers at leading companies and universities worldwide. They also co-author articles, some published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Greenville College continues to seek funding to grow the Foundation for the Sciences Endowment Fund, which now sits at $300,000.

Learn more about success stories from GC STEM students:

Elle Shaw Claims Top Honors at Commencement

"Do-It-Yourself" Instruments Enable Top-Flight Research by Undergrads

 GC Student and Faculty Research Published in The Journal of Chemical Education

Quantum Leap: Curiosity Fuels Discovery on Three Continents for Student Researcher

 

Your generous gift today could help support STEM education at GC. Thank you for your commitment to our students.

This story was published on February 10, 2017




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