Wesley College will serve as project co-lead in the University of Delaware’s five-year $23M Research Infrastructure Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program.

The focus of this new round of funding is to provide solutions to Delaware’s water issues related to human, economic and ecosystem health.

Wesley College will collaborate with its EPSCoR higher education partners, UD, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College. Undergraduate research is a component in the proposed Wesley thematic areas, and project activities will cycle through Wesley’s STEM Undergraduate Research Center for Analytics, Talent and Success.

Wesley’s undergraduate research EPSCoR focus areas includes data analytics, water quality and nutrient monitoring on Silver Lake, the study of salinity stressors on Delaware’s wetland forest trees, solution chemistry and environmental microbiology.

Wesley will foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem with incubator projects with local companies, and it will continue to serve its student population with its science, technology, engineering and math student success and retention initiatives. In addition, for STEM students with risk factors, Wesley will expand its three-week Success in STEM summer bridge program to 25 freshmen each year. In the summer 2018 pilot SIS program, 86 percent of the program participants advanced in their incoming math placements.