Inter-Institutional Partnerships Propel A Successful Collaborative Undergraduate Degree Program In Chemistry

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Malcolm J. D'Souza
Qiquan Wang

Keywords

INBRE, EPSCoR, Undergraduate Research, Inter-institutional Partners, STEM, Biological Chemistry, Wesley College, Delaware State University, HBCU

Abstract

Small private liberal arts colleges are increasingly tuition-dependent and mainly attract students by creating student-centered learning communities. On the other hand, larger universities tend to be trendsetters where its faculty tend to seek intellectual independence and are involved in career focused cutting-edge research. The Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) and Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) are federal-state-university partnerships that builds basic research infrastructure and coax the state-wide higher education institutions to collaborate with each other in order to enhance their competitiveness. As a result in Delaware, Wesley College instituted curricular and operational changes to launch an undergraduate program in biological chemistry where its students take three upper division chemistry courses and can choose to participate in annual summer undergraduate internships at nearby Delaware State University.

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