STEM is the word.
At the twenty-first century university, STEM majors—ones that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math—are in the highest demand among students. UW-Madison’s College of Engineering aims to attract and educate the best STEM students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The college knows that a student’s first year at the university is a particularly critical period. Incoming students choose where they will go based, in part, on the support packages available to them as freshmen or incoming grad students, and the UW must be able to match or exceed its peer institutions in terms of undergraduate merit scholarships and graduate fellowships.
The college’s student opportunity fund works to increase that aid. But it’s about more than that. It’s also about enhancing the educational experience for engineering students. The college is working to improve its student facilities, including an undergraduate learning center, a student services center, and a maker space, in which young researchers can explore their designs.
The College of Engineering also plans to renovate its classroom facilities, aiming to flip the learning model. Instead of having students come to class and then do their work on their own, the college hopes to see lectures moved online, so that class time can focus on working with teams to design and create.
With a more creative, supportive environment, the UW’s College of Engineering will continue to hold its place as a top destination for STEM students.