Rep. Lipinski Announces Another STEM Education Grant for Lewis University in Romeoville (June 26, 2015)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Lewis University in Romeoville a $201,123 grant for a project entitled "Implementing and Investigating Mathematical Modeling as a Means to Demonstrate the Interdisciplinary Nature of Science and Increase STEM Retention."

With funding from the NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program, the project – under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Howard – will address the established and growing national need to increase the quantity and diversity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate majors as well as improve their preparation to enter the workforce.  The NSF award starts July 1st.  This is the second NSF award Lewis University has received this year for a STEM-related project.
“Congratulations to Lewis University on this well-deserved award,” Rep. Lipinski said.  “As a former teacher and one of only a dozen engineers in Congress, I have always been a strong advocate for improving STEM education at all levels.  I believe it is among the most important steps we can take to ensure that America remains the most technologically innovative country in the world and our young people receive an education that will allow them to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.” 

The project team at Lewis University will redesign Calculus for Life Sciences by: (i) adopting and adapting evidence-based best practices in the mathematical modeling of biological systems; (ii) developing students' computational skills with respect to real-life problems; and (iii) fostering interdisciplinary and cooperative student interactions and learning.  Faculty from biology, computer science, and mathematics will collaborate to design this course, primarily for biology and computer science majors.  

In the House of Representatives, Congressman Lipinski serves on the Science, Space, and Technology committee.  He is the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, and also sits on the Subcommittee on Energy.  Lipinski is co-chair of the Congressional STEM Ed Caucus.