The U.S. Department of Education awarded St. Mary’s University a Title V grant for undergraduate programs through the Developing Hispanic–Serving Institutions (HSI) Program. The University will receive $2,624,952 over five years between fall 2014 and fall 2019. The grant is intended to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education development in the University’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Goals

The Title V – Fostering Success in STEM Education has the following overarching goals:

  • Improve existing SET academic programs
  • Develop new SET programs
  • Improve SET facilities
  • Promote best practices in student services: advising, tutoring, academic skills, summer bridge
  • Increase undergraduate enrollment
  • Increase undergraduate retention

Areas of Focus

To accomplish the goals of the Fostering Success in STEM Education project, St. Mary’s is implementing the following activities:

  • Redesigning high risk foundational and STEM gateway curricula and enhancing tutoring support
  • Developing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, with new industry-standard laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Developing student success programs, such as intrusive advising, academic skills workshops, and STEM summer bridge programs for SET students
  • Renovating and adding updated instrumentation to core science labs

Project Staff

Vanessa Tobares
Project Director
210-436-3494

Lisa Oakes
Activity Director
210-431-5019

Paulina Cano
STEM Academic Coordinator
210-431-5059

Ruth Rivera
Administrative Assistant
210-436-3662