St. Mary’s University was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Hispanic Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) program. The University will receive more than $5.3 million for its Excellence in STEM Education program over five years between fall 2016 and fall 2021. The grant is intended to support STEM education at St. Mary’s and provide a strong boost to the implementation of the University’s strategic vision for the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.
The HSI STEM — Excellence in STEM Education program has the following overarching goals:
- Increase the number of Hispanic and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged students enrolling and persisting in STEM fields of study
- Develop new STEM programs and strengthen existing academic courses
- Increase capacity to connect students to STEM educational opportunities
- Improve STEM laboratory facilities
- Promote best practices in student services: advising, coaching, and social and academic support
Areas of Focus
To accomplish the HSI STEM — Excellence in STEM Education initiatives, the grant will assist St. Mary’s University in funding:
- The enhancement of the Forensic Science program
- The creation of a new undergraduate Bioinformatics program
- Streamlined transfer services for STEM students at the Alamo Colleges
- Coaching services for Hispanic, first-generation, and/or low-income STEM majors
- Renovation and equipment for Biology and Chemistry laboratories, including wireless instruction upgrades
- A system for connecting STEM students to industry projects and research
David Turner, Ph.D.
Jennifer Harr, Ph.D.
Forensic Science Specialist
Erika Schwarz Taylor, Ph.D.