What is the STEM Accelerator?
The STEM Accelerator program was created by the College of Science in 2011 to focus on the success of undergraduate students. In particular, the Accelerator works to:
- increase the number of STEM majors,
- improve retention rates of STEM students,
- reduce the time to graduation,
- help STEM graduates join the workforce or continue their education.
This interdisciplinary unit consists of full-time faculty from multiple departments, including Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Forensic Sciences, Geology and Chemistry. Besides teaching, these faculty have special responsibilities that includes coordinating and promoting STEM activities for COS to achieve the four primary goals. The program also works closely with the Prince William Governor’s School @ Innovation Park high school program.
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Opportunities for engagement in STEM at Mason are abundant. The Accelerator offers various student centered opportunities, such as STEM Boot Camp, the annual College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium, and the LA program.
Learning Assistants (LAs) are College of Science undergraduates who participate in undergraduate instruction, course innovation, peer-to-peer tutoring and mentoring. LAs have unique opportunities to work closely with COS faculty and help their peers.
The STEM seminar is an interdisciplinary forum about science education. This collaborative group of faculty and students share pedagogical successes and challenges across disciplines. All interested faculty, students, and staff are welcome.