NSF Step Grant

A Public Private Partnership to Increase Enrollments, Retention and Diversity in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Stonehill College – Massasoit Community College joint STEP grant project began in October of 2006. The goals of the project are to attract more students to science majors at Stonehill College and to the science transfer track at Massasoit, to reduce the average attrition rate of science students at Stonehill College, and to increase the number of underrepresented students in STEM degree programs at Stonehill College.

The initiatives of this project are concentrated in six main areas: 1) theme-based, active-learning General Chemistry I courses; 2) early research experiences; 3) enhanced mentoring, tutoring, and advising; 4) a summer bridge program; 5) science career exploration; and 6) AP chemistry and biology laboratory enhancement.

The purpose of this website is to disseminate findings of the grant project. Data is presented in the documents listed at the bottom of this page.

Project Directors:

  • Louis J. Liotta, Stonehill College
  • Craig A. Almeida, Stonehill College
  • Kendra Twomey, Massasoit Community College
  • Magdalena James-Pederson, Stonehill College
  • Maria Curtin, Stonehill College

Project Documentation:


Funding provided by the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) under grant DUE-0622540.