A group of faculty members from the University of West Georgia's College of Science and Mathematics and College of Education received a major grant entitled “University of West Georgia Institutional STEM Excellence (UWise)” from the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents. The award is for more than $344,000 and takes effect for a year, beginning July 1, with a potential to renew multiple years.
The grant focuses on increasing the success of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and advancing the production of science and mathematics teachers. Grant activities include a summer bridge program for incoming freshman focused on teaching how to succeed as a STEM major, a team-taught service learning course, a mini-grant program for faculty to develop innovative approaches to STEM education and teacher preparation and student-peer mentoring. The university has recruited about 100 incoming freshman interested in STEM disciplines for a two-week Summer Bridge program (July 31- Aug. 12).