STEM Day, a PEER and WISE outreach program brings together underrepresented middle school students from the Upstate to Clemson University for an introduction to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Hands-on activities and demonstrations, led by Clemson faculty and students, let these young people know about careers and related opportunities available in science […]
Emily Peek arrived at Clemson as a math major in 1968 – one of the few Clemson women entering the field of science, technology, engineering and math at that time. “As a female math major in the late 1960s, I definitely stood out,” says Emily. She credits her teachers in high school and those at […]
Clemson University served as a launching pad for Vanessa Ellerbe Wyche, whose barrier-breaking career has positioned her as the first African American to serve as deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She is literally shooting for the moon and beyond in her new job, as NASA prepares to launch astronauts from Florida and for […]
Clemson University’s PEER & WISE program is receiving the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Diversity in STEM fields is important because it better reflects that makeup of today's population, it keeps us relevant with our competitors and it allows us to innovate to meet the needs of a diverse society.
Graduating from high school is a big deal in Blackstock, SC. Graduating from college is an even bigger deal. This Tiger, a Blackstock native, achieved those distinctions and wants students to achieve the same success.
Tony Elliott returned to his engineering roots on July 13 when he spoke to about 50 incoming freshmen who are getting a head start on campus life as part of a program made possible in part by Duke Energy. Elliott is co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Clemson Tigers, but his connection to […]
Duke Energy is continuing to support two separate Clemson University summer programs for middle school girls and incoming university freshmen this year with an $85,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Both programs are aimed at increasing diversity in the pipeline that carries talent from the classroom to the workplace.
About 100 Girl Scouts filled some of Clemson University’s labs and classrooms on Feb. 25 to learn how they might seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. The Clemson programs PEER and WISE collaborated on “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” with Lockheed Martin and the Girl Scouts of South Carolina […]
Two programs that have been credited with making a difference for thousands of students celebrated the opening of the new Fluor Study Hall with a room full of distinguished guests, including several Fluor Corporation representatives and Clemson University President James P. Clements. PEER and WISE share Fluor Study Hall, which is in a remodeled section […]
The non-fiction book and its film counterpart “Hidden Figures” revealed the genius behind the American space race in the 1960s: a cohort of black women who, despite segregation and discrimination, applied their genius in math and engineering to help send our rockets and astronauts into space and bring them back safely.
Clemson University has launched an initiative funded by a $3.4 million NSF ADVANCE grant to create an inclusive academic culture so women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to enter and remain in academia.
Serita Acker is working to expand two programs that help encourage diverse groups of students to study science, technology, engineering and math– and stick with it once they start. Acker began working with the programs PEER and WISE in 1995 and now serves as director over both organizations. PEER stands for Programs for Educational Enrichment […]
South Carolina’s primary elections this month are a reminder of how far women have come at the ballot box, but hurdles remain in other areas, including the paths to careers in engineering and science. To help pave the way, a group of students, faculty members and volunteers will gather at Clemson University Saturday to lead nearly 80 Girl Scouts in engineering and science activities designed to be fun and educational.
Freddy Paige said that when he visited Clemson University as part of a summer program before his freshman year, he jumped directly into calculus, brushing aside suggestions that he start with pre-calculus. “When I came to Clemson, I didn’t want to show weakness academically,” Paige said. “I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be there, […]