The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded the California State University with a Learn and Serve America Higher Education grant totaling $1.5 million. The grant, which amounts to $500,000 annually over three years, will fund a new program, STEM SQUARED, to support service learning and promote student success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.
"This grant will be integral in engaging and supporting thousands of CSU students across all 23 campuses interested in science, technology, engineering and math," said Judy Botelho, the CSU's director of the Center for Community Engagement. "The (STEM)2 initiative will involve over 400 STEM faculty and 3,000 students in service learning. Through this grant, we will increase the number of students interested in pursuing science careers and increase the number of graduates from CSU campuses with STEM degrees."
Grant activities will include the development of demonstration projects at five CSU campuses including Chico, Fresno, Monterey Bay, San Marcos and Sonoma. The CSU will also host curriculum development institutes and provide small subgrants to all campuses to encourage service learning in STEM disciplines.
The grant will also replicate a program called Coyote Careers currently operating at California State University, San Bernardino. Coyote Careers provides academic support, career skills training and networking opportunities that enable students to succeed in their chosen STEM fields.
Finally, the (STEM)2 initiative will build strategic partnerships across California with organizations that share similar goals of increasing student success in science, technology, engineering and math.