Saint Francis University was recently awarded a bid to host the EducationUSA North America, Central America, and Caribbean STEM Regional Training. On June 24, the university hosted 13 EducationUSA university advisors for a 3-day intensive training on STEM education in the United States. A wide range of topics were covered revolving around STEM to help the advisors gain a more thorough understanding of STEM higher education in the United States.
Faculty members from Biology, Chemistry and Engineering departments led information sessions and interactive activities. The advisors toured science labs, sat in a lecture on helicopters, flew a drone, observed students dissecting eyes, and used liquid nitrogen to freeze a banana and make ice cream.
Ryan Geiger, Assistant Director of International Student Programs along with Kelly Mack, Coordinator of International Admissions & Student Services led discussions around recruiting, selecting, admitting and on-boarding students in the STEM fields.
Geiger says, “This is the first time EducationUSA has done one of these experiential training conferences. We hope this training program at Saint Francis will become the pilot for other EducationUSA regions to send advisors to the U.S. for similar training.”
After spending two days on campus, the group traveled to Washington DC for quick university visits at American University and George Mason University before returning home.
Saint Francis University will be receiving an official certificate and recognition from the U.S. Department of State for hosting this conference.