National science foundation awards
The acquisition of the aforementioned awards has paid dividends to both the Natural and Applied Sciences department and the University. Under the leadership of Dr. Adedoyin M. Adeyiga, the award recipient, the department has experienced increase in on and off-campus research participation by both students and faculty, increase in the number of students attending graduate and health professional schools, increase in STEM enrollment, robust STEM curricula, that includes online course offerings and a renewed students’ confidence to perform at any level upon leaving Cheyney University. Cheyney’s STEM department now produces 6.52 PhDs for every 100 BS degrees granted (number leads all State System institutions). Cheyney students have graduated from or are currently enrolled at institutions such as, the University of Iowa, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Temple University, CUNY, University of Louisville, Howard University, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, Villanova University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Widener University, and Delaware State University. Current and former employers of Cheyney STEM students include, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly Corporation, Matheson Tri-Gas Company, EHS Engineer & Industrial Hygiene, Vitalyst, Aerotek, National Institutes of Health, UPMC, University of Delaware and Thomas Jefferson University. Specifically, in the last 11 years, the National Science Foundation BEAMS and BEAR projects have resulted in
- Increased STEM enrollment in most STEM areas with modest gain in mathematics and chemistry.
- Increased number of students seeking and receiving summer on/off campus research from a baseline average of three students per year to a current twenty-five students per year
- Increased collaborations between Cheyney faculty and faculty at other institutions, including research intensive institutions (University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Brookhaven National Lab, Wistar Institutes and Thomas Jefferson University)
- Development of new STEM programs and increase in number of newly created courses in order to align our programs with other State System institutions
- Increased research productivity of STEM faculty, as well as other faculty engagement activities
- Increased number of STEM graduates from a baseline average of twenty-seven (27) to a current average of thirty-six (36)
- Increased number of STEM graduates admitted to graduate and health professional schools from a baseline average of three (3) students to a current average of twelve (12)
Based on current reporting via direct monitoring or social media following, of the eighty-one (81) graduates Cheyney’s STEM programs have produced that we have been able to track, six (6) are STEM teachers at various high schools in the nation, twenty-three (23) have earned master’s degrees in STEM or are currently in master’s STEM programs, eight (8) have earned PhD degrees or are currently in PhD programs, five (5) have earned MPH degrees, eight (8) have earned Doctor of Pharmacy degrees or are currently in Doctor of Pharmacy programs, seventeen (17) have earned MD/DDS/DPM/PA/BSN/DPT/DVM degrees or are in such programs, one (1) has a JD degree, ten (10) are in the STEM workforce nationwide and three (3) graduates are in other fields. Please know that the eighty-one (81) students reported above comprise a partial list of our STEM graduates. We are making every effort to get data on at least 75% of our student graduates and those efforts are still on-going.