Monsanto Fund awards $200,000 grant to Institute for School Partnership

The best way to develop STEM-capable students is to develop STEM-capable teachers. Instilling awareness of science, technology, engineering and math education needs to happen in elementary school – when it matters most. The Monsanto Fund has awarded the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University a $200,000 grant to support the STEM Teacher Quality […]

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. […]

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 […]

Heroes and monsters: experiencing the classics

For many professors at Washington University in St. Louis, the passion they have for their area of study started at a young age. A simple experience along the way caught their interest, and that interest stuck. Professor Timothy Moore in the Classics Department in the School of Arts & Sciences says that middle school is […]