A few examples of what I mean:
The College of Sciences houses five departments offering degrees across a spectrum of the life sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences, mathematics, computer sciences and psychology. The college offers a variety of undergraduate and MS degrees, certificates and minors with the opportunity to combine the work conducted in our college with resources and disciplines in other colleges. But we are also diverse in makeup – our students, faculty and staff represent all genders, ages and races. Our student population is an exciting mix of direct-from-high school students, commuting students, non-traditional students, first generation students, etc. This diversity provides fertile ground for sharing of alternate viewpoints and identifying new solutions to common problems.
We believe that the science we teach must reflect the science we do. Going forward, we plan to do an even better job of fostering an environment that provides all students with desired hands-on opportunities to conduct meaningful work in their chosen field. This includes identifying undergraduate research, internship, externship, co-op or shadowing opportunities, depending on each student’s specific career objectives. It is my goal to identify even more ways to provide financial and administrative support to allow these experiences to happen, as well as assuring appropriate credit for the work performed. This will be an important area of growth in the coming years as the College of Sciences works even harder to prepare our students for STEM workforces in the region and across the globe.
Our teachers are innovative in the classroom, with many courses now taught using advanced pedagogical strategies that are aimed at enhancing student success. Let us show you how these can make a difference in helping you reach your chosen field.
The entrepreneurial spirit to which I am referring encompasses much more than simply taking a new product or idea public. We are eager to instill within students an adventuresome spirit that encourage new ways of thinking in order to identify solutions to long-standing problems. Indeed, we will be rolling out new initiatives soon that will focus on student innovation and collaborative problem solving – so be on the lookout for that.
Our undergraduate and graduate students are the life blood of the college and the reason for our existence. We strive to create a learning environment that provides them with the opportunities and skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. But learning does not stop at graduation, and in the broadest sense of the word, we are all students – students of science, students of math, computer science or psychology – as we expand our understanding of the natural or digital worlds on a daily basis.
– Douglas W. Leaman, PhD
College of Sciences, Auburn University at Montgomery