AMES, Iowa—Iowa State University is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM disciplines.
More than half of Iowa State undergraduates are majoring in STEM-related fields. The university also has a strong culture of supporting STEM-based education, which encourages departments and faculty members to focus on student-centered, evidence-based, active-learning teaching methods.
Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, is the project coordinator for the Iowa State grant. She’s successfully led STEM learning communities and is part of a team exploring the implementation of evidence-based teaching practices.
Powell-Coffman said the $20,000 grant will support cross-disciplinary teams, create new networks and accelerate educational change.
“These efforts will allow the Iowa State community to build upon some of our existing strengths in undergraduate STEM education. We will use the grant funds to establish new partnerships with colleagues at other universities and learn from their innovations in undergraduate education,” she said.