Category Archives: Education

Howard University receives largest gift in its history to fund STEM programs

Photo: Howard’s KARSH STEM Scholars Program participants. Courtesy: Howard U. Howard University has announced plans to invest in its STEM programs, following a $10 million gift from the Karsh Family Foundation. It is the largest gift the institution has received in its 153-year history. Howard’s Bison STEM Scholars program — an initiative founded in 2017 to increase the number of minority students earning

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Cheating may be under-reported across Canada’s universities and colleges

Sarah Elaine Eaton, University of Calgary Media have reported allegations of creative cheating strategies at universities across Canada, including hacking grades, bribery and breaking into offices to steal exams. Nursing students at Brandon University are facing disciplinary action after a final exam at the end of the fall 2019 term became “compromised.” A spokesperson for the university said the exam

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Improving access to education by making Braille textbooks cheaper and easier to produce

Currently, textbooks are converted to Braille by trained people who manually re-type the printed version — a process that is time-consuming and expensive. It’s just one of many challenges visually-impaired students face. While text-to-speech technology can alleviate some pressure, many visually-impaired students need to “feel” a textbook to learn, not unlike non-impaired students who need to stare at a formula

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Co-op programs benefit STEM students more than students from other disciplines

STEM students who participate in co-op programs are more likely to find a permanent job that relates to their field, according to a new study from the C.D. Howe Institute. While students from all disciplines appear to benefit from co-op training, STEM students seem to profit more. Analysis of data from Canada’s National Graduate Survey, government-collected statistical information on Canadian post-secondary students collected

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Here's how social class gives some university students a competitive edge

Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University and Simpiwe Sobuwa, Durban University of Technology.Thumbnail images courtesy of Unsplash. Graphic elements and editing by We Rep STEM. It is that time of year again when South Africans celebrate National Senior Certificate results, ushering a generation of youth out of the school system and into the world. Of the 788,717 who successfully completed these exams,

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New study provides insight on how to overcome loneliness

Humans are social creatures, but several studies show an increasing number of people struggles with loneliness. This is especially true for minorities: A 2019 report by the British Red Cross found those from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are at a higher risk because they’re more likely to experience discrimination, feelings of not belonging, and barriers to accessing community

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Impostor syndrome may be more pronounced among first-gen students

The competitive nature of some STEM programs fuel impostor syndrome in academia and this is especially true for first-generation (FG) students, according to a recent paper. A research team led by Elizabeth A. Canning, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University recruited 818 freshman and sophomore students enrolled in university STEM programs.  Participants were asked to

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