Located in the university’s Science Center, which is equipped with state of the art laboratories in biology, chemistry and computer science as well as a faculty research laboratory, the hub will provide programming designed to support science students, connecting them with resources and guidance to help them acclimate to scientific studies and career work.
“Our faculty are here from our Natural and Applied Sciences Department,” said Vanessa Atkins, director of the life science and technology hub. “Our students are getting additional tutoring and really getting all of the support that they need.
“It’s all about them working toward building skills, having experiences and moving toward their career goals,” she added.
“This is also an opportunity for our students to be in a space where there are professionals from different industries,” she said. “The hub brings together all of these resources and helps our students to focus on their own success and taking ownership of that.
“We have almost doubled the percentage of students majoring in STEM in four years,” Walton said. “With the assets we have put into place, there is every reason to believe we can increase that figure and surpass our goal in these next four years.”
STEM tutorials will also be available this fall through the hub to support academic progress.
The hub marks the culmination of Cheyney’s efforts to recruit private biological, chemical and other STEM companies to the university’s campus.
Mosaic Development Partners has been working with Cheyney to bring partners to the university.