Carroll University receives 5-year, $1M grant to support STEM scholarships

WAUKESHA -- Carroll University announced on Tuesday, Feb. 13 that it received a five-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant in support of the Scholarships in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant project, “Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy.”

A news release indicates the project will focus on providing financial and academic support to students majoring in STEM fields in order to increase retention and enrollment as well as provide financial assistance for those in need. The program will fund $660,000 in scholarships for approximately 128 students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in applied physics, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and mathematics.

Dr. Kathy Kramer, assistant professor of education, issued this statement:

"This grant provides us with the opportunity to greatly impact the areas of STEM in both educational and professional ways. We know that STEM programs present a rigorous curriculum for our students and we’re enthusiastic to learn whether the various components of the effort are effective at improving retention in those programs."

At the end of the program, faculty will publish and present their findings to aid other small schools in increasing their completion rates.