Montville Native Studies Science Through Exclusive University Program

Students worked to design and build prosthetic legs while also learning calculus and chemistry.

The following was submitted on behalf of the University of Dayton.

Jeanmarie Hahl, of Montville, joined more than two dozen incoming minority students from around the nation and Puerto Rico for a head-start on their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers on the University of Dayton's campus.

Hahl completed the University's Minority STEM Summer Bridge Program -- a free weeklong residential program -- that included courses in calculus, chemistry and physics taught by University faculty. The week also featured sessions on learning styles; orientation to college life and campus support services; activities to build group cohesiveness; and opportunities for interaction with the wider campus community. During one session, the students brainstormed designs and made prosthetic legs.

The week culminated with a dinner with STEM professionals, which was keynoted by Huntley Myrie, president of Nexcelle, a joint venture of GE's Middle River Aircraft Systems and the Safran group's Aircelle.

Support from the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences funds the program, now in its seventh year.


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