Tammi Freehling | November 10, 2020
More than 25 members of the advisory council for the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame have contributed over $11 million to endow the Science and Engineering Scholars Program in honor of Mary E. Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the college.
Created by Galvin in 2018, the initiative started as a pilot program to bolster the academic success of students majoring in science and engineering. Galvin announced this semester she would step down as dean in December.
“The commitment of the College of Science Advisory Council is simply unparalleled,” Lou Nanni, vice president for University Relations, said. “Never before have we seen such an outpouring of leadership and support for a departing dean. It is a true testament to Mary Galvin’s pioneering leadership, inclusive vision and the wonderful culture that exists among the members of the science advisory council.”
When the program launched in the 2018-2019 academic year, it served 45 students. Data from the first two years show that the program improved students’ performance in introductory science courses. Feedback from the scholars also demonstrates that they gained transferable study skills, learning techniques and positive mindsets that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. During the current academic year, the program expanded to accommodate 80 students.
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