Centers & Institutes

  • Imoigele P. Aisiku, M.D., ’92 STEM Center

    The Imoigele P. Aisiku, M.D., ’92 STEM Center at Worcester State University enhances student learning and success in science, technology, and math fields by facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and initiatives. Representatives from STEM-related departments (biology; chemistry; computer science; earth, environment, and physics; and mathematics) work diligently on initiatives aimed at increasing student retention and providing pathways for academic excellence in these programs.

    STEM Week, October 18-22, 2021


    See Yourself in STEM

    The Central MA STEM Network Ecosystem, in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is proud to be a part of the state's second annual STEM Week, introducing our future leaders to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    STEM Week Events at Worcester State

    STEM Club Tables
    Monday October 18, 11am-1pm
    Stop by and find out about the different STEM Clubs and how you can get involved.

    STEM Minors Tables
    Tuesday October 19, 11am-1pm
    Stop by and find out about the different STEM minors.

    Research in the STEM fields: Student Presentations
    Wednesday October 20, 2:30-4pm
    Short presentations by students about their Summer Research experiences. (Location: ST-200)

    "I'm getting my degree- Now What?" Exit Strategies
    Thursday October 21, 2-3pm
    Come talk to Faculty to come up with a plan for the next steps in your career plan.

    James Webb Space Telescope Public Talk
    Friday October 22, 10-11:30am
    "Infrared 'Eyes' on the Universe" with speaker Joseph De Pasquale, Space Telescope Science Institute. Join via WebEx: bit.ly/Webb21Woo

    Research in the STEM fields: Student Presentations
    Friday October 22, 2:30-4pm
    Short presentations by students about their Summer Research experiences. (Location: ST-200)

  • Board Members

    Linda S. Larrivee Dean, School of Science, Technology and Health

    Daron Barnard Center Director and Professor of Biology

    Aleel Grennan Assistant Professor of Biology

    Jeremy Andreatta Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Elena Braynova Professor of Computer Science

    Douglas Kowalewski Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science

    Mary Fowler Professor of Mathematics

    Nabin Malakar Assistant Professor of Physics

    Peer-Assisted Learning

    We are using the model of course-based Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) to provide academic support to students in key STEM courses. PAL sessions are student-led, instructor-supported group study, and review sessions are run by trained student facilitators who were highly successful in the courses.

    Link Icon Visit the PAL Leaders website (Worcester State login required)

    PAL is an activity of the Aisiku STEM Center. The PAL Program is generously funded by the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives.

    Interdisciplinary Research Teams

    The purpose of the Aisiku Interdisciplinary STEM Research Team Initiative is to enhance undergraduate research in STEM through the development of interdisciplinary research teams at Worcester State University. Funding for this initiative:

    1. Provides a one-year opportunity for students to work closely with faculty mentors from multiple disciplines;
    2. Supports research supplies;
    3. Offsets travel costs to regional conferences where teams will present findings; and
    4. Provides a faculty stipend for student mentoring.

    Research teams will be led by Worcester State faculty mentors from two or more STEM disciplines. Unique collaborations between STEM and non-STEM will be considered. Projects that involve cutting-edge science and promote interdisciplinary learning will be given priority. A proposal that supports research directed by two faculty is eligible to apply for a maximum of $22,000; a proposal that supports research directed by three or more faculty is eligible to apply for a maximum of $44,000.

    Call for the 2021-2022 Proposals will go out in Spring of 2021 with a due date at the end of August 2021.

    Past participants of the Interdisciplinary Research Teams and recipients of the Aisiku Interdisciplinary Grants


    2017

    Drs. Weichu Xu, Margret Kerr, and Roger Greenwell: Synthesis of thielavin derivatives as antimicrobial compounds for disease treatment.

    2018

    Drs. William Hansen, Steven Oliver, and Nabin Malakar: Using Augmented Reality techniques to provide virtual reality field experiences for persons with disabilities.

    2019

    Drs. Aleel Grennan, Kathleen Murphy, and Douglas Kowalewski: Partidgeberry Reproduction: A Interdisciplinary Study of the Biotic and Abiotic Drivers.

    Summer Research Fellowships

    The aim of the program is to enhance undergraduate research in the STEM fields. Funds are provided to support faculty-student teams conducting research during the summer. Proposals are due by March 1 for the following summer.

    Community Partnerships
    The center provides a central structure to identify and foster collaborations between industry and academics in the area to support STEM at Worcester State.
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  • CONTACT US

    Aisiku STEM Center

    Office ST-310C
    508-929-8143
    STEM@worcester.edu