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Industry leaders help develop hands-on chemistry major


Since the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School opened on the Aurora University campus in 2014, its third- through eighth-grade students have consistently demonstrated outstanding growth in science skills. To strengthen undergraduate science offerings at AU in a similar way, Chetna Patel, professor of chemistry and chair of Physical Sciences, and her colleagues, including assistant professors of chemistry Ami Johanson and Kyle McElhoney, initiated a chemistry major using the same model: working with external partners to develop the curriculum. The classes, which kicked off in fall 2018, are part of a hands-on program that is better preparing AU students for careers in the chemical industry.

John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School students named finalists in national Bright Schools Competition

Eight middle school students who attend the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University and their coach, Natalie Soelke, who teaches English and social studies at the school, have been named national finalists in the 2nd annual Bright Schools Competition.