May 10, 2008

For You Science Students

Some of you may find this interesting...

Vassar received a $1.5 million grant yesterday from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This was done in an effort to "deepen Vassar College's historic excellence in both undergraduate science education and science education outreach," says the press release.

This is one of the largest grants to Vassar's Science Department ever.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

mads, stick to gossip please.

Anonymous said...

umm, please don't listen to 2:55. I thought this was interesting.

Anonymous said...

that's wicked awesome for the science department.

Anonymous said...

Hooray!!! I think we should get a Meteorology professor. Personally. :)

Anonymous said...

where does the money go exactly? sounds good.

Anonymous said...

why is this school so focused on science?

Anonymous said...

4:56, are you joking?

Anonymous said...

4:56- You may think that the school is focused on science because there has been a lot in the misc about the science buildings and now there is this grant. These things are only happening because vassar is trying to revitalize their science programs since they are so poor here. Take it from a senior science major.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Vassar is definitely struggling to keep up in the sciences compared to other liberal arts colleges. They're losing professors and having trouble hiring new ones because their lab space is so inadequate and outdated. (And leaky, if you're in Mudd.) The new science building is really long overdue.

According to that press release, the grant is to improve interdisciplinary teaching and make more student research opportunities, both for current students and incoming freshmen, and eventually for local high school students as well. It sounds pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

4:56, that was a joke in really poor taste.

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand why the science majors are so bitter about the relatively poor quality of their departments. Weren't you aware of the situation before you chose Vassar? And if so, why would you decide to come here?

In any case, the department seems to be improving, and I used the word "relatively" to modify "poor" because the science departments really aren't that bad to begin with.

Anonymous said...

I don't necessarily think the sciences are BAD. I really like some of the professors, like amazing. But the facilities need some serious work.
What I'm more bitter about is the way Vassar kids react if you tell them you do a science.

6:20 said...

I agree with 1:49. Many of the professors are wonderful, and there are some really great individualized research opportunities that you can't get at many other schools. But there's definitely a negative attitude toward majoring in the sciences here; I generally get approval when I mention my social sciences major, and then confusion or a funny look when I mention my other science-focused major.

In response to 12:23, no, I didn't know that that facilities were in somewhat poor shape before I came here. It's not like the tour guides mention the lack of lab space in between discussing the school colors and student fellow groups. I chose Vassar for a variety of reasons, one of which was the breadth of its interdisciplinary offerings, including its science programs. And I wouldn't say that I'm bitter about anything - I really like it here. I'm just surprised that some kids react the way they do to science majors.