NSM: (Natural Science and Mathematics)
With light to the recent NYT article about the
1% 17% that exists on Wesleyan’s campus, we’ve been focused on statistics. While analyzing Wesleyan’s financial assets is incredibly important and necessary to discuss class and privilege, we must also remember that there are many factors that affect student performance; the NSM Coalition—a combination of Student Underrepresented in STEM (SUSS), Wesleyan Women in Science (WesWIS), Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholars Program (WesMaSS), and McNair undergraduate students partnering with graduate students, staff, faculty, and administrators—collected data specifically for students in STEM, and let me tell you, they are freaking terrifying.
The percentages, collected by the Office of Institutional Research, show how class not only affects our ability to even go to Wesleyan, but also how it affects our performance: it cannot be stressed enough how important this conversation is for the Wes community.
Professor Suzanne O’Connell writes in with an incredible opportunity for underrepresented people in the STEM fields looking to go to grad school:
Professor Anna Shusterman is presenting a talk about “The Development of Language and Thought” this Tuesday, as the first speaker in the McNair Faculty Research Talks series.
McNair Faculty Research Talks are designed to introduce beginning students to the idea of research: what your professors do with the rest of their time, when not teaching, and what got them passionate about their fields. Check this out if you’re at all interested in psychology.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place: Exley Science Center 121
For all of you still on campus and interested in seeing what fellow Wesfolk have been doing with their summer research projects, be sure to check out the 2009 Summer Research Poster Session this Friday!
Students from Hughes, Mellon, QAC, McNair, and SCIC summer programs will be set up in Exley with posters and presentations of their work in a variety of life and social science fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Neuroscience, Physics, E&ES, Psychology, Government, Computer Science, and much more. Refreshments will be served, and knowlege will be dropped.
Date:Friday, July 31
Time:1:00 – 3:00
Place:Exley Science Center Lobby