by Odera Ezenna

With the completion of its first year, it looks like the University of West Georgia’s STEM Education Enhancement Plan (SEEP) will be around for a while. The University System of Georgia STEM Initiative Grantee Meeting was held in May, where the results from the first year of SEEP were discussed and new strategies were introduced.

Decorative glassworksThe SEEP grant was the second three-year grant that was received by UWG. It is funded by the USG STEM Initiative with the intent to implement several strategies to enhance student success. These include intervention tutoring, mini grants, undergraduate research, UTeach tutoring and learning community cohorts.

Under the grant, UWG is given approximately $130,000 to spend each year on the SEEP program, and many UWG students have benefited from it.

Intervention tutoring and faculty mini-grants have improved outcomes for students in several core and upper-level science and mathematics courses, and nine freshman and sophomore College of Science and Mathematics (COSM) majors have participated in faculty research projects through UWG’s Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program.

This summer, COSM is planning on recruiting incoming students for its Science of Sustainability learning community. It is expected to have a positive impact on the retention and graduation rates.

Dr. Scott Gordon, associate dean of COSM and principal investigator of the grant, says the SEEP program’s main goal is to help students succeed.

“The SEEP Program is part of the College of Science and Mathematics’ continuing effort to help our students be successful in the STEM fields,” he said. “We are pleased that the University System of Georgia continues to recognize our ability to be a leader in this area.”

Posted on June 29, 2017