Thomas More university STEM Initiatives

Thomas More STEM Initiatives, also known as TSI, is a year-round array of STEM programs that include professional development workshops for high school teachers, field trips for their classes and summer camps for selected students, particularly those currently underrepresented in the STEM fields.

In 2011, Thomas More University was awarded a three-year, $360,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to improve STEM Education at the high school level by:

  • offering high-quality experiences for both teachers and students,
  • integrating more technology into their classrooms, and
  • engaging more high school students with the STEM & Education majors in college.

As the initial three-year grant from Toyota expired, the University sought additional partners and financial support to continue the TSI. In 2015, the DUKE Energy Foundation recognized the early success of the program and awarded the University a large grant to continue the TSI. These initiatives directly align with the STEM Education and Environment investment priorities of the Duke Energy Foundation.

With the new grant, we are inviting back the schools initially involved in the program and also look for new schools who would like to participate. If accepted, these schools will benefit from the following:

  • A STEM Academy for teachers: a professional development workshop, including a $500 stipend
  • Graduate credit hours, if desired
  • IT equipment and supplies for science and technology instruction for the teachers’ classroom
  • Free field trips to the Biology Field Station, University Observatory, and science labs on the main campus including funds for transportation and substitute teachers
  • A STEM Institute for students: a weeklong camp offered during the summer at Thomas More
  • Classroom visits by college faculty throughout the year
  • Classroom activities, including supplies, lesson plans, and assessment tools, that meet state standards
  • Access to research facilities and co-curricular opportunities for both students and teachers
  • Ongoing communication using digital, interactive technologies and ongoing support via synchronous (e.g. web chat) and asynchronous (e.g. email) web-based resources for teachers to have access with Thomas More faculty and colleague groups throughout the Northern Kentucky region
  • Long-term tracking of the success of students

For additional information,

Chris N. Lorentz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Director of the Center for Ohio River Research and Education
Thomas More University Biology Field Station
859-344-3373 | lorentc@thomasmore.edu

STEM Initiative at TMU