Bosch, Bosch Community Fund award grants to MSU's CoRe Experience, STEM Success programs

  • Apr 25, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Mathematics, Statistics & Probability

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dedication of the redesigned fourth floor lobby of East Wilson Hall

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dedication of the redesigned fourth floor lobby of East Wilson Hall and the announcement of the Bosch/Bosch Community Fund grant awards to MSU.

Bosch and the Bosch Community Fund have continued their support of Michigan State University (MSU) with $200,000 in grants for the university’s Engineering CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential) Experience –which is designed to engage first-year engineering students in experiential learning opportunities – and a $70,000 grant to support the university’s STEM Success program, which develops high school students’ foundational math skills before entering undergraduate programs.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Engineering Dean Leo Kempel, and CoRe director S. Patrick Walton joined Paul Thomas and others from Bosch for a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 22 on the fourth floor of East Wilson Hall to dedicate the redesigned fourth-floor lobby and announce the awards.

“Since 2012, our collaboration with MSU has focused on promoting innovation and fostering an environment where students will stay engaged in STEM disciplines,” said Max Straub, CFO and executive vice president for Robert Bosch, LLC, and chair of the Bosch Community Fund. “The CoRe Experience and STEM Success programs impact students at various stages in their academic pursuits, which we hope will spark interest in pursuing STEM careers.”

Bosch’s $200,000 contribution will support CoRe as it engages more than 1,700 first-year engineering students in hands-on design projects to discover how to function in a collaborative, team-based, diverse setting and show the importance of engineering as well as the positive impact engineers have on a society.

MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said contributions by Robert Bosch LLC and the Bosch Community Fund to invest in early STEM programs are both insightful and needed.

“This strong partnership helps high schools and MSU focus on fundamental readiness for college-bound and first-year students who have an interest in engineering or other STEM professions,” said Leo Kempel, MSU engineering dean. “We are grateful that our corporate partners are willing to invest in supporting these early engineering students as they begin their paths to careers as engineers.”

In 2014, the MSU Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences launched its STEM Success program to help students who don’t receive the pre-college math and science education needed to pursue undergraduate STEM-related degrees. The Bosch Community Fund grant will support STEM Success efforts in Detroit Public Schools, Farmington Public Schools and Plymouth/Canton Community Schools.

“Preparing students to enter STEM careers is a critical component to ensure we have a qualified future workforce,” said Pavel Sikorskii, senior teaching specialist and co-director of undergraduate studies in MSU’s Department of Mathematics. “And it’s never too early to start the preparations. It’s reassuring to see companies such as Bosch show an interest and be active in reaching out and engaging students. By working together, we can combine all our resources to encourage the pursuit of STEM careers.”