Women are a minority in STEM careers in general, but especially in the field of engineering. Currently, only 13 percent of engineers are women and less than eight percent of female students entered college with an intent to pursue engineering (Global Policy Institute).
When most people think of Costa Rica, they may envision a leisurely vacation by the beach. However, that is not the case for the students who travel there with the Institute for Environmental Studies. While they do get an opportunity to visit a cloud forest and spend time on the beaches, the students spend a significant amount of their time working at a research station evaluating the ecosphere in Costa Rica.
In 1897, when AddRan University was located in Waco, Texas, horned frogs, or horned lizards, could be found in abundance across campus. When it came time for the university to decide on a mascot, it only made sense to choose the lizards that populated every field and dirt road in the area.
Kayla Green, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is a standout professor in the College of Science & Engineering, and her role at TCU extends beyond the classroom. In the past eight years Green has served not only as a TCU professor but also as an active member in the American Chemical Society (ACS), a research team leader, volunteer, STEM outreach event coordinator, chemistry enthusiast, TCU Chemistry Club leader, and mentor to name a few.
TCU is working to create a more well-rounded, inclusive community on campus. The charge of the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Committee is to monitor all existing and future initiatives regarding diversity, equity and inclusion on campus; actively participate in developing a vision for diversity, equity and inclusion that represents the entire campus community; and make recommendations to the Chancellor based on this vision.
Brian Niebuhr, a senior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, didn’t always know he wanted to go to TCU. However, when he visited campus on a whim and was greeted with kindness from everyone he met – he was hooked. Niebuhr originally chose biochemistry because he couldn’t decide between biology and chemistry. Now, he’s very happy with his choice because he feels like he has a “good mix” of both biology and chemistry with his major, which to Niebuhr, makes the perfect pair.
If you read the College of Science & Engineering newsletter articles, you learn about the stories of our students, faculty and staff and activities. The amenity of having these meaningful stories documented is largely a result of the work of our communications interns. For the 2018-19 school year, seniors Anna Kathryn Groom and Lindy Lamme are serving in this role.
Highlights and accolades from the CSE