ASU event prepares high school students for STEM careers

March 10, 2014

STEM Career Accelerator Day is a national effort by STEMconnector and its STEM Innovation Task Force to encourage students to pursue STEM careers through an experiential field trip to a major company or university sites.

Arizona State University will host two events with corporate partners Honeywell and Tata Consultancy Services from 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., March 18, for educators and students in grades 9-12 on the Polytechnic campus; and from 6:30-8 p.m. for parents at the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center. students building structures with newspaper Download Full Image

The event’s mission is to highlight the possibilities unleashed by education and innovation in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by providing students, their teachers and parents meaningful experiences with companies and organizations that provide career paths in those specialized fields.

The goal of the day nationally is to personally engage 500 students in all partner facilities and virtually engage an additional 5,000 students to inspire persistence in STEM coursework and related careers.

“We’ve joined this national movement that encourages STEM discovery so that we can show high school students and their parents how exciting and rewarding a degree or career in STEM can be,” said Mitzi Montoya, ASU’s vice president and university dean of entrepreneurship and innovation.  

The event will include a field-trip experience for students and teachers. Each student will participate in a hands-on STEM activity in one of the labs at the ASU Polytechnic campus. Keynote speakers from ASU and partnering companies Honeywell and Tata Consultancy Services will address attendees about their personal experiences in STEM-related fields.

“Computer science and technology have the power to transform businesses and unlock amazing career and earning opportunities for our country's youth. Innovative cross-sector efforts such as the STEM Career Accelerator Day are critical to inspire students, and inform parents and educators about the rewarding potential of a STEM career,” said Balaji Ganapathy, head of workforce effectiveness of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). “At TCS, we believe in empowering students to realize their potential, and creating tomorrow's STEM leaders today by building pathways from education to careers.”

"Honeywell is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Programs like these give students an opportunity to experience hands-on STEM activities and open their eyes to the possibilities of a career in STEM,” said Bob Witwer, vice president of advanced technology at Honeywell Aerospace.

Parents looking for more information on what STEM is, how their child can prepare for future STEM workforce and the potential of STEM professions can attend the evening session to hear professional insights from local leaders in the industry, as well as receive tips on college and career readiness for STEM fields. Attendees can also receive a tour of TechShop Chandler, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio.

Event information:

STEM Career Accelerator Day:
When: 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., March 18
Where: ASU Polytechnic campus
Questions: 480-727-1895

Parent Information Evening:
When: 6:30-8 p.m., March 18
Where: Chandler Innovation Center
Questions: 480-727-1895

ASU graduate programs rank among best by US News & World Report

March 11, 2014

Arizona State University is ranked among the best schools in the nation for top-caliber graduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools released today.

The annual U.S. News report analyzed more than 1,300 graduate programs from several academic disciplines to compile the 2015 rankings. asu faculty member looking at print made by ASU student Download Full Image

ASU graduate programs placed in several academic categories, including the following:

• Among online graduate degree programs in business, ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business ranked second in the nation. The school also ranked nationally at No. 3 in supply chain/logistics and its information systems program ranks No. 12 in its category. The school was ranked No. 18 for its part-time MBA program, No. 27 among top full-time MBA programs and came in No. 36 in the nation for its doctoral program in economics.

• ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ranked 18th among college of education graduate programs nationwide, moving up six places from last year. The college’s online graduate degree program in education ranked No. 25 this year.

• Among the nation’s top schools of law, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law ranked No. 31. It also placed No. 8 in the specialty area of legal writing.

• ASU’s graduate program in criminology is ranked 12th nationally.

• The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU placed 21st in the country for its master’s program in nursing.

• Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU ranked 11th nationally among online graduate degree programs in engineering. The computer science program was ranked No. 48 in its category and the Fulton schools placed 43rd among the nation’s graduate engineering programs overall.

• Ranked 16th in the nation for its master’s degree programs, ASU’s School of Public Affairs also placed second overall in the specialty category of city management and urban policy.

• Among Master of Fine Arts programs, the School of Art, part of ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ranked No. 22 nationally, and its printmaking program placed fifth in that specialty category.

• ASU’s Department of Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions was cited for two graduate programs in the health disciplines – ranking No. 17 for its doctorate in audiology and No. 21 for its master’s in speech-language pathology.

• Rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences netted ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences several national placements – No. 20 in earth sciences, No. 50 in physics, No. 55 in biological sciences and No. 60 in chemistry.

• The psychology doctoral program at ASU ranked No. 38 overall.