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Engineering and Technology partners to form STEM Floor in new University Tower

October 25, 2013

STEM Floor Residents at the new University Tower

STEM Floor Residents at the new University Tower

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and the IUPUI School of Science have teamed up to create a STEM residential learning floor in the new University Tower. E&T students occupy 45 of the 76 beds and include a variety of majors, including biomedical engineering and motorsports engineering.

The STEM partnership between the two schools began in 2011 with the addition of a summer bridge learning program that helps STEM students prepare to be successful in college with early emphasis on their designated majors. When the campus decided to turn the hotel into a residence hall, Dr. Terri Talbert-Hatch, assistant dean for student services, jumped at the opportunity to create the STEM floor and fill it with our students.

“Statistics show that students who have a residence hall experience are more likely to be successful in their coursework and to graduate from college,” explains Dr. Talbert-Hatch. “These students have the unique opportunity to have a built-in network of friends and study partners to help them experience all that IUPUI and our school have to offer.”

Maria Harlan, a biology major who went through summer bridge during her freshman year, serves as the STEM floor resident advisor and agrees with Dr. Talbert-Hatch.  “As a freshman, I was greatly impacted through the STEM Bridge Program. I can confidently say that I would not be the high achieving student that I am today if it wasn’t for the influence of this program.”

University Tower, formerly the University Place Hotel and Conference Center, opened this fall, adding more than 500 beds for incoming freshmen. The facility, located in the heart of the IUPUI campus, also includes the campus’ first dining hall, offering students a variety of culinary choices and an additional 30,000 square feet of classroom space.