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Lipinski Announces Grant for Lewis University in Romeoville



The Herald-News

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, announced last week that the National Science Foundation 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 foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program, the project – under the direction of Cynthia Howard – will address the established and growing national need to increase the quantity and diversity of science, technology, engineering and mathematics undergraduate majors as well as improve their preparation to enter the workforce, according to a news release from Lipinski.

The funding award starts Wednesday and is the second foundation award Lewis University has received this year for a STEM-related project.

“Congratulations to Lewis University on this well-deserved award,” Lipinski said in the news release. “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.” 

The project team at Lewis University will redesign Calculus for Life Sciences by adopting and adapting evidence-based best practices in the mathematical modeling of biological systems; developing students’ computational skills with respect to real-life problems; and 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, according to the news release.

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