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Western Michigan University awarded grant for STEM research
Western Michigan University awarded grant for STEM research

 KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is getting more than a half million dollars to figure out how to encourage students to follow a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 The National Science Foundation awarded WMU two grants totaling $529,000 to address the issue.  The money will go toward a six-university research project to help instructors understand how to overcome student misconceptions about STEM coursework.

 “A huge percentage of students drop out of science majors after their first year," says Dr. Mary Anne Sydlik, SAMPI director and head of WMU's evaluation team. "STEM undergrads struggle, for a number of reasons, which in turn can lead to low grades and the impulse to transfer into non-STEM majors." 

WMU's Science and Mathematics Program Improvement group will serve as external evaluators for the project.  Michigan State University will lead the research.  Other partners include the University of Southern Florida, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Maine and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.