Merrimack College Awarded Significant Grant from NSF
May 13, 2013 – North Andover, Mass. – Merrimack College is excited to announce it has been chosen to receive a grant of nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its project of Foundations for STEM Success.
The grant will support the School of Science and Engineering’s program, Foundations for STEM Success. Dr. Gary Spring, Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, is the Principal Investigator of the grant and Dr. Josephine Modica-Napolitano, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Cynthia McGowan, Vice Provost and Professor of Chemistry, and Mary Noonan, Interim Dean of Sciences & Engineering are Co-principal Investigators.
Working with other Science and Engineering faculty, they have identified three common challenges that hinder the retention of students in engineering and computer science programs: the need for self-efficacy; the need for a sense of community; and the need for enthusiasm about the student’s chosen field. Through a collaborative process, the grant will assist the School of Science and Engineering in addressing those identified needs.
“Being recognized by NSF is further proof of the cutting-edge scholarly work that occurs at Merrimack College,” said Dr. Christopher E. Hopey, President. Dr. Modica-Napolitano added, “This award is a testament of our faculty’s commitment to strengthening our curriculum as well as ensuring the best possible educational experience and outcomes for each of our science and engineering students.”
All initiatives implemented as part of the Foundations for STEM Success program will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students with a goal of providing a foundation that will enhance student success in these fields, with a focus on their first and second years. Foundations for STEM Success is part of a $10 million grant program called Graduate 10K+, a collaborative funding initiative between NSF, Intel and GE, aimed at supporting institutions who are implementing programs to retain undergraduates in the disciplines of engineering and computer science.
Other institutions that have received a grant include Syracuse University, University of Portland, California State University Monterey Bay, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas-Pan American, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Cornell University.
About Merrimack College
Founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a private, selective college located just minutes from Boston in North Andover, Massachusetts. The College offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in liberal arts, science and engineering, business, and education and graduate programs in education, business, and engineering and part-time degree completion and certificate programs. Its 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students come from 20 states and 19 countries to form an engaged community of thinkers, learners and achievers integrated in an academic culture of excellence, diversity and stature. The recent implementation of the College’s ten-year strategic plan, The Agenda for Distinction, has led to renewed energy and sense of community, combined with growth of our faculty, and student body.
Contact: Bethany LoMonaco, 978-837-5456
Backed by a significant grant from a major health-care foundation, a Merrimack College professor and the Merrimack Valley YMCA will expand a local initiative on child obesity nationwide.
In a significant show of support for Merrimack’s academic momentum, the Department of Health Sciences has received a $100,000 grant for new technology through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” initiative.