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IUPUI Increases STEM Grads 25 Percent

More than 520 students graduated with degrees in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields in 2011.

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Photo: Courtesy of IUPUI

STEM students work together in a lab at IUPUI.

IUPUI says its efforts to boost the number of science, technology, engineering and math students are paying off. Officials say the total number of STEM graduates rose by 25 percent during the past three years.

In 2008, 417 IUPUI students graduated with STEM degrees. Three years later, that number was 524.

IUPUI School of Science Spokesperson David Hosick says a $2 million National Science Foundation grant helped the university create programs designed to attract and prepare college-bound high school students.

“Primarily what we’ve done is taken a look at what was working and what wasn’t working and putting an emphasis on things that were successful,” he says. “One example would be creation of a a summer bridge program that creates a support network for students who are transitioning from high school to college.”

Hosick says they have also focused on peer mentoring in areas where students are known to struggle, a streamlined process to transfer STEM students from Ivy Tech and increasing faculty participation and support.

He adds says the graduates are crucial given Indiana‘s increasing presence in the life sciences sector.

IUPUI plans an official presentation that will include Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard Tuesday afternoon.

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