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UWise Summer Bridge Program

UWise Summer Bridge ProgramUniversity of West Georgia Institutional STEM Excellence held a summer bridge program from June 30 – July 25, 2014 for upcoming freshmen who are interested in majoring in STEM disciplines, which are science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Provost Dr. Micheal Crafton and a Board of Regents STEM initiative official addressed the students for their achievements at the program’s closing ceremony.

The UWise program has been recognized as the best program on campus during the past academic year and aims to provide academic support to students to succeed in their STEM gateway courses. In addition, the program provides opportunities for a hands-on research experience while providing faculty for exploring innovative teaching practices that enhance student learning. Read more ...

University Hosts Research Experience Program for Talented Undergraduates

University Hosts Research Experience Program for Talented UndergraduatesThis summer the University of West Georgia is host to an eight-week Research Experience for Undergraduates program, funded by the National Science Foundation. The $230,000 REU program will be run each summer, through 2016, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Landman, professor and chair, and Dr. Abdollah Khodkar, professor, both of the department of mathematics.

The program accepts eight talented undergraduate mathematics majors each year who will live on campus at UWG during the summer. The students are selected from a large pool of applicants from throughout the United States. The students receive a stipend, room and board, and reimbursement for travel expenses. Read more ...

More than 1000 Students Gather at UWG for STEM Week

More than 1000 Students Gather at UWG for STEM WeekAn estimated 1300 middle and high school students from Carroll, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties visited the University of West Georgia for the first ever UWG STEM Week. Students spent the entire day engaging in various chemistry and physics experiments and demonstrations. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Our first UWG STEM Week was a huge success,” shares Dr. Sharmistha Basu-Dutt, UWG professor of chemistry and organizer of the event. “These students actively participated in exciting hands-on demonstrations to understand how abstract scientific concepts are applied in the real world.” Read more ...

UWise Wins Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Department or Program

UWise Wins Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Department or Program
This year’s winner of the Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for a Department or Program, presented by the Georgia Board of Regents, is UWise, University of West Georgia Institutional STEM Excellence. The UWise program addresses important state and national needs in the area of STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and is funded by Georgia BOR STEM II Initiative.

The goals of the UWise initiative are to increase the overall academic performance and progression of STEM majors and prepare students for success in STEM gateway courses. Read more ...

UWG Students Win at Georgia Academy of Science Conference

UWG Students Win at Georgia Academy of Science ConferenceTwo undergraduate students from the University of West Georgia won “Best Presentation” awards at the Annual Georgia Academy of Science Conference. The conference was held at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, March 28 and 29, 2014. Twelve students and their respective supporting faculty members represented UWG in the oral and poster presentations.

Physics major Amanda Mashburn was honored for her presentation in the Science Education section, “Parallax: A Lab for Introductory Astronomy Students.” She presented her example astronomy lab Saturday, supported by her faculty advisers, Ben Jenkins and Dr. Bob Powell. Read more ...

Physics Department Holds Astronomy Lecture

Physics Department Holds Astronomy LectureThe Georgia Space Grant Consortium and the University of West Georgia Physics Department both sponsored the “Comets, Meteors and Asteroids” multimedia astronomy demonstration and lecture Friday, March 14. The event was held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Crider Lecture Hall at UWG.

Dr. Ben de Mayo, UWG professor emeritus of physics, covered many different topics, including some historical meteor impacts such as the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia last February and the Chicxulub impact that destroyed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Mayo even discussed the possibility of another large asteroid striking Earth. Read more ...

Students Experience Virtual Trip to Mars

Students Experience Virtual Trip to MarsLast December, hundreds of elementary and middle school students accompanied by their parents, guardians and members of the UWG Physics Department filled the Crider Lecture Hall to set out on an adventure to Mars. This virtual trip to Mars was led by physics professors Dr. Javier Hasbun and Dr. Benjamin de Mayo.

The students experienced an interactive evening demonstrating low level flights over the surface of Mars and a view of the night sky’s constellations, followed by a virtual trip to Mars with landings on its two moons, Phobos and Deimos. The latest results from the current Mars probes Curiosity and MAVEN were summarized, and Martian snow was produced. The hands-on activities and exhilarating lectures encouraged the new explorers with an understanding about Mars, and all of its inhabiting resources. Read more ...

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