FDU STEM Academy Outreach Programs Appreciation
Faculty from FDU’s Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, led by Director Dr. Alfredo Tan, welcomed student participants and representatives from corporate foundations that support the FDU STEM Academy on Friday, April 13 at the Frank Giovatto Library at the Metropolitan Campus.
Dr. Tan facilitated a tour of the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering’s laboratories in Becton Hall for the corporate foundation representatives. Immediately following the tour University Provost Gillian Small addressed guests. She reflected on how science suffers without diversity. Involving more people, with various backgrounds and insights, expands the types of questions that get asked and the solutions that come out of scientific inquiry.
The FDU STEM Academy enrolls local high school students into college-level STEM programs to nurture their interests in the sciences and to provide a college-based experience. The goals of the program are to encourage young and underrepresented students to pursue math and science in college and to help diversify the STEM workforce. The program has grown from its inception in 2005 with just one program and one participating high school to three programs impacting over a dozen high school districts. Nearly 2,000 students have benefited from the program, and almost half have enrolled in bachelor degree programs in STEM.
The 2017-2018 corporate sponsors of the FDU STEM Academy include the Olsen Foundation, UPS, Walmart, Provident Bank Foundation, PSEG Foundation, BD, Best Buy, Bayer USA Foundation, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, and Verizon via the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.
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