Schreiner University strives to support academic and professional success. In an initiative to enhance academic and professional success Schreiner University applied and received funding from the United States Department of Education Title III, PR Award P031C160145 Grant. This grant serves many high-impact purposes to our students with a strategic focus on Hispanic and low-income students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Those purposes include:

STEM Mountaineer Connect

STEM Mountaineer Connection – a summer engagement experience where incoming STEM interested students get early exposure to academic material, faculty in a variety of STEM disciplines, and undergraduate research.

Schreiner University STEM ZONE

STEMZONE – a new facility focused on STEM academic support programming. This facility houses common space for STEM majors and access to course based manipulatives and software. The programming from STEMZONE include STEM Success Coaches, Professional Academic Tutors, peer tutors facilitated from the Center for Teaching and Learning, and “Just In Time” workshops to address student academic needs.

Schreiner University STEM ZONE

STEM Undergraduate Research – where students participate in faculty mentored undergraduate research. In this program students embark on a mentor/mentee program with ample discussion with peers and other faculty mentors about their and other’s work, how that research relates to the larger conversation in the STEM fields, and how to communicate the research to a variety of audiences.

STEM Faculty Development

Examining how we learn; how we teach; and how we can do both better

STEM Faculty Development provides opportunities to examine how we learn, how we teach, and how we can do both better. To keep pace with the ever-changing student population and with new trends in higher education, STEM faculty must be exposed to new methodologies, interact with others demonstrating best practices, and share scholarship. In short, STEM faculty must be innovative in our approach to education. John Dewey professed, “I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” The university student is poised to live fully engaged in the present to prepare to embrace the future. Cultivating life-long learners should be an integral part of higher education. As STEM educators, we must be at the forefront of that commitment.

Kiley Miller
Kiley Miller, PhD
Professor of Chemistry