Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt University is one of nine institutions who will receive approximately $192,500 in grant funding from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO).
The funding is part of “Supporting Structures: Innovative Collaborations to Enhance STEM Research at CCCU Member Institutions,” which is designed to enhance and support STEM research among faculty and students at CCCU campuses. Other institutions receiving this grant include Calvin University, Azusa Pacific University, and Wheaton College.
According to Dr. Leah Zuidema, vice president for academic affairs, the grant enables early career faculty to have additional time to do some of the work that is most important for Dordt: exploring the relationship between science, religion, and society—and not just in the abstract, but directly in connection with the faculty members’ own teaching and scholarship.
The funding will strengthen Dordt’s relationship with large research institutions, support undergraduate research and club activities, and provide opportunities for administrators and other campus-connected communities to get involved.
Dordt already has plenty to offer in terms of STEM. There are several undergrad STEM majors at Dordt for undergrads to pursue, including biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, and mathematics. Dordt’s pre-professional programs include several STEM-focused tracks, as well.