Campus News: Lee Joins H-STEM Initiative

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Lee Joins H-STEM Initiative
Merritt Jenkins - 3/22/2022

Lee Joins H-STEM Initiative

 

Lee University, in a move spearheaded by Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis and Dr. Matthew Melton, recently joined five institutions collaborating on the National Science Foundation funded project, Humanistic STEM (H-STEM) initiative.

 

"This cross-disciplinary initiative provides unique opportunity to blend science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the humanities such as literature, history, philosophy, and art," said Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis, professor of mathematics at Lee. "A cross-effort among the faculty from the different disciplines will help students see and approach human affairs, values, and culture through a different lens."

 

The goal of H-STEM is to create a transferable model that blends humanities and STEM, showing connections between the fields of study and maintaining a content focus that reinforces the relevance of each discipline.

 

As part of the project, Lee will collaborate with Embry-Riddle University, Ferris State University, Norfolk State University, SUNY Binghamton, and West Virginia University. The project has funding through 2024.

 

The project leaders will visit Lee this month and conduct a workshop introducing interested faculty to the initiative in order to inspire ideas for the project's focus. The impacting work can range from projects within an existing course to a complete reinvention of a course/courses, or even the creation of an interdisciplinary program such as a minor, depending on the culture of the institution, the interests of the faculty, and needs of Lee's students. 

 

In subsequent years, Lee faculty will attend the H-STEM Symposia to talk with colleagues from the other five institutions and share any achievements. The grant will provide travel funds for the faculty.

 

"The cross-disciplinary conversations that emerge from this grant are wonderfully beneficial to our programs and faculty and to all the institutions involved," said Melton, dean of Lee's College of Arts and Sciences. "We are grateful for Dr. Boulis' commitment to this opportunity, and we're excited to see where this next chapter takes us."

 

For more information about Lee's collaboration with H-STEM, contact Maher-Boulis at cmaherboulis@leeuniversity.edu.

 

For more information about the National Science Foundation, visit www.nsf.gov/.  

 


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