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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.
Linda S. Larrivee
Dean, School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences
Center Director and Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Computer Science
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science
Assistant Professor of Physics
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.
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PAL is an activity of the Aisiku STEM Center. The Workforce Preparation Support Program is generously funded by the philanthropic support from the Fairlawn Foundation Fund at Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
The aim of program, when it launches, is to enhance undergraduate research in the STEM fields through the support of interdisciplinary research teams. It will provide a one-year opportunity for students to work closely with faculty mentors from several disciplines. Students will be granted the mental space to focus a year of their lives to a pre-graduate school research experience and the opportunity to work collaboratively on a research problem.
The Brigham-WSU Bridge to Excellence Program is a unique initiative that aims to enhance undergraduate mentoring and education in the STEM fields through the support of collaborative mentoring relationships with the diverse faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Brigham and Women’s faculty will serve as virtual mentors and guest lecturers, and participate as faculty sponsors of a summer externship program.
Students and faculty may form career mentorship partners. Mentoring is voluntary by the student and faculty and encourages remote support to students from faculty. The mentor-mentee relationship is an individual experience and the depth of the mentorship may vary.
WSU STEM faculty may invite Brigham and Women’s emergency medicine faculty to participate and give lectures at the mutual convenience of the faculty from both institutions.
One disadvantaged student will be chosen to spend the summer shadowing a Brigham and Women’s emergency medicine faculty to further their experience in the health-related fields. This program will be a competitive application process with defined goals for the summer externship. The goal of this initiative includes increasing exposure and opportunities to disadvantaged students through an open and competitive process.