65% of USNA graduates entering the Navy are now required to have degrees in STEM fields. The Academy's challenge is attracting and retaining mids to STEM majors. Private gift support is provided to assist the Naval Academy STEM Program in four significant ways:
STEM Major Recruiting Support
The recruitment of plebes to science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors through open houses, majors briefs and displays, speakers, demonstrations and field trips designed to awaken the students’ minds to the potential opportunities in STEM fields.
Work-based Learning Opportunities for Midshipmen
This initiative funds the expenses of midshipmen participating in summer internship programs with government laboratories and corporations within the STEM community. These internships are designed to acquaint midshipmen in technical majors with the opportunities and challenges within the government as well as the private sector.
Office of STEM Development and Outreach
Funding is needed to support the creation of a small STEM administrative office to coordinate program development, pursue external research grant opportunities and advertise and coordinate STEM Outreach to teachers, administrators and Summer STEM Program candidates. The primary goal of Summer STEM Program is to encourage participating students to enroll in the requisite preparatory math and science courses while they are in high school in order to best prepare them to study these subjects in college. Additionally, some of these students may elect to apply for admission to the Naval Academy.
Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC)
NASEC brings key policy makers and science advisors together annually with midshipmen, cadets and civilian university students and instructors to explore emerging 21st century science and engineering issues and challenges.
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