Truman Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Attract Science and Mathematics Students

Recognizing Truman’s role as a national innovator in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University with a five-year, $1.2 million grant to attract more undergraduates to science and mathematics degree programs.
In addition to enhancing interdisciplinary and research-enhanced opportunities for Truman students, the award will support the University’s continuing work with regional community colleges to help prepare students to earn bachelor’s degrees in science and mathematics fields.

“More students than ever start college at a community college, so we at Truman are excited to continue our work with our partners to create innovative ways to increase the number of students who earn baccalaureate degrees in science and mathematics,” said Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics at Truman. “This grant allows us to introduce science and mathematics to students in interdisciplinary and innovative ways.”

The five-year grant extends an NSF-funded partnership between Truman, Moberly Area Community College, St. Charles Community College and Metropolitan Community College.  Together these schools will increase the number of students who pursue and earn a four-year degree in science or mathematics after starting at a community college. Pre-STEM programs at the community colleges and 2+2 programs at Truman will provide advising, support and career awareness programs for students.

At the same time, Truman will pilot courses for first-time students that present science and mathematics as interdependent and integrated pursuits. This will prepare students to be future innovators and leaders in an economy that is increasingly interdisciplinary and science-driven.

Questions about this new NSF award and the programming it will support can be addressed to Jason Miller (project lead, mathematics,, Timothy Walston (biology,, or Barbara Kramer (chemistry,
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