Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis

STEM TQ facilitator Leon Sharpe (center) listens to Ameren renewable energy expert Patrick Justis explain the science behind electric vehicles.

If the St. Louis region is to close the gap between what its workers know, and what its businesses need, it must play the long game. That’s why St. Louis’ leading employers, school districts and Washington University in St. Louis united to form STEMpact, an organization dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and math education […]

ISP welcomes 3 new members

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) is delighted to announce the addition of three new staff members. Growing up, Melanie Turnage was the kid who would take apart her radio to see how the pieces worked. Or when her parents bought new furniture, she’d put it together. That yearning to know led her to a […]

Eyeing a higher salary? Look at STEM jobs

(August 05, 2016 by Mary Shapiro, St. Louis Business Journal) The efforts to grow the STEM labor pool extend outside higher education. Webster and Washington University are among partners involved in STEMpact, a collaboration of St. Louis’ top STEM companies that’s combining the resources and human capital of corporations and academic institutions to help STEM […]

Helping educate the next generation of female leaders

As a community college student in Pittsburgh, Tasha Jordan, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, was frequently the only African American and the only woman in her advanced math and science classes. “I wasn’t supposed to like math because I was a black girl, but I would dream square roots,” said Jordan, […]

University announces College Prep Scholarship

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016 - Cohort 1 (rising high school seniors) held their closing dinner Thursday in the Mudd Multipurpose Room. This was the last residential summer for this cohort. Provost Holden Thorp and several students from his class this summer played together in a Motown-like band at the dinner.  PLEASE SEE DIANNE KEAGGY FOR CAPTION INFORMATION Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr./WUSTL Photos

Washington University in St. Louis has announced a major new scholarship initiative that will support low-income and first-generation students from the St. Louis region. The College Prep Scholarship will provide a Washington University undergraduate education to qualified graduates of its College Prep Program, a competitive, multiyear program that prepares high-achieving, low-income local students for college. […]

Mastering biology education in the high school classroom

There comes a time for many individuals when returning to school becomes a natural next step on a career path. However for teachers, the high demands of the school year and their unique work schedule can make finding the right program difficult. For Nhan Pham, a biology teacher at St. Louis University High School, the […]

Bringing cutting-edge research to K-12 classrooms

Research should not be isolated to the laboratory. At least that is what Young-Shin Jun, the Harold D. Jolley Career Development associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, believes. Jun came to the university in January of 2008, joining the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied […]

ISP names new assistant director

With the expansion of many ISP initiatives, including MySci from a K-5 to a K-8 science curriculum program, the ISP has identified curriculum development and educator leadership as two key priority areas in the coming years. Ruggirello, who holds a PhD in Science & Math Education, brings a rich background in teacher leadership development and […]

Connecting K-12 students to college

K-12 Ambassadors partnered with the Ferguson Florissant School District to host a STEM Day for students at Airport Elementary.

For Laura Motard, a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, volunteering has always been an important part of her life. When she arrived at the university, she wasted no time in connecting that passion to the needs in her new community. As a freshman, Motard joined K-12 Connections, a program run […]

Engaging students in exploration

His fans call him Mr. Roco, and he may be the most famous member of the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) team at Washington University. Each week Mr. Roco visits local schools with the MySci Investigation Station, where he is often met with screams from his adoring, or slightly terrified, fans. Mr. Roco is, after […]