The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and UT Elementary School recently celebrated our participation in the Dell Powering the Possible Project, which you will read about in this issue of DDCE@UT. It is one of many ways we are working in the STEM areas to boost student achievement and increase the number of first-generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds to explore careers in these fields.
This year our Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) strengthened its STEM component through increased tutoring and additional boot camps. We think it really paid off as the LCAE Gateway Scholars achieved a cumulative first-year GPA of 3.02, up from 2.74 last year.
Additionally, the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium has helped many of its students prepare for graduate school in the STEM fields. In the fall, IE participant Emily Parham will begin her graduate studies in genetic counseling at the University of Texas at Houston Health Sciences Center, while IE Citizen Scholar Oscar Ayala will work on a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt, Sienna Irwin will attend the University of Houston MD Anderson, and Jessica Scott will begin her studies at the Baylor College of Medicine.
We are proud of all of our student accomplishments–from the UT Elementary students involved in Powering the Possible to our graduating seniors who will work on advanced degrees in the STEM fields. We extend congratulations to them all.