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S.T.E.M. Program

Advisory Council: The Advisory Council for the S.T.E.M. Program at Philander Smith College strives to strengthen communications about and awareness of S.T.E.M. projects across the campus of PSC and into feeder high schools

Advisory Council Members

Edward Burgess, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor;Department of Mathematics, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences

Cynthia Burroughs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Biology, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences Director, Kendall Center Health Services

Chantia Hickman
HBCU-UP Project Manager/ARK-LSAMP Data Analyst

Frank James, Ph.D.
Professor  Department of Mathematics, Division of Natural and Physical Science

Nastassia N. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Department of Biology, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences

Kyla Sapkota
Director of Institutional Research & Assessment/ Data Analyst

Samar Swaid, Ph.D.
Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Computer ScienceChair, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences

Jason Walker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Biology, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences


Chronology of S.T.E.M. Agreements at Philander Smith College

Articulation Agreements

  • 3/2 Engineering Program - The 3/2 Engineering Program is an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UARK), and Philander Smith College (PSC). This agreement allows students to receive two degrees in five years. From PSC, the student must choose a science degree (biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics). From UARK, the student chooses an engineering degree (biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or mechanical engineering).
  • 4+1 COPH Program - The 4+1 Program is an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Faye W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH). The BS/MPH program between Philander Smith College and COPH allows selected students to apply to the COPH and if admitted, students can start their MPH program as early as their junior year.

Chronology of S.T.E.M. Programs at Philander Smith College

  • Historically Black College and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) - Supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF), HBCU-UP provides opportunities to High School Students, entering Freshman Students, and students in the STEM.

"LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 16, 2012) --- Philander Smith College's Division of Natural and Physical Sciences received a $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program. The program aims to increase the number of minorities graduating from an Historically Black Black Colleges and Universities with degrees centered on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Philander Smith College received the first phase of this project's funding in 2006 with an allocated amount of $3 million. That funding phase expires in February 2013. The second phase of the project's $1.75 million grant extends from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2017."

Contact:
Philander Smith College Coordinator & Project Manager
Frank James, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics, Division of Natural and Physical Science
Philander Smith College 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202
Email: fjames@philander.edu

Chantia Hickman
HBCU-UP Project Manager
Philander Smith College 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202
Email: chickman@philander.edu

 

  • Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP ) – ARK-LSAMP is a collaborative alliance of eight (8) Arkansas institutions sponsored by the National Science Foundation and includes the following institutions: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas State University, Philander Smith College, Pulaski Technical College, Southeast Arkansas College, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of Arkansas at Monticello.
    The goal of ARK-LSAMP is to increase the pool of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree graduates at ARK-LSAMP colleges and universities and in STEM disciplines in Arkansas' workforce

Contact:
Philander Smith College Co-Coordinators
Samar Swaid, Ph.D.
Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Chair, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences
Philander Smith College 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202
Email: sswaid@philander.edu

Cynthia Burroughs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Biology, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences Director, Kendall Center Health Services
Philander Smith College 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202
Email: cburroughs@philander.edu

 

  • Arkansas ASSET Initiative II

The Arkansas ASSET Initiative II is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, state-wide program funded by the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR) Program. The current project, ASSET II, is designed to strengthen Arkansas research areas with potential for national significance and with major economic development potential. ASSET II research centers include:

  1. Center for Plant -Powered Production (P3)
  2. Center for Generating Renewable Energy with Efficient Nanoplasmonic (GREEN) Solar Cells
  3. Vertically-Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research (VICTER)

These centers are making advances in: plant-based production, solar cell technology, and new power electronics

The GREEN Center harnesses statewide expertise (University of Arkansas, University Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Philander Smith College) and the infrastructure for conducting cutting-edge research on solar cell materials that can be easily packaged: flexible, thin film, nanowire and organic solar cells, increasing the efficiency of all types of solar cells using plasmonic nanostructures for concentrating light and most importantly the vertical integration of all the basic research on solar energy into the power grid. An integral component of the program is entrepreneurial training, support for commercialization of new technologies, and an educational outreach program that targets the STEM pipeline needed to support the advanced technologies workforce. More specifically, Philander Smith College is home to 1 of the 3 (UAFS and UAPB) Alternative/Renewable Energy Learning Labs in Arkansas. This lab focuses on offering inquiry-based research lab skills experience in Central Arkansas. PSC also has access to the GREEN Mobile Lab, which is a fully functional, hands-on solar energy laboratory for exposing students to the excitement of solar energy.

Contact:
Philander Campus Lead
Nastassia N. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
Philander Smith College 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202
Email: njones@philander.edu



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