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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Expanded for 2019-2020

Formerly located in Sayers hall, the new STEM Residential College will be located in Gaillardia hall beginning in the fall of 2019.

Open to students who have declared a major in the College of Science and Engineering, the STEM Residential College will be a dynamic community designed to increase the talent pool of future scientists and engineers that will support your academic success as a STEM major. 

 

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Meet the Professor

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2016-2017 living-learning community

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Study Group

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Lounge Life

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Bowling

Peer mentoring, help with your STEM classes, STEM career exploration, volunteer service, and social events are part of the STEM Residential College experience!

Students in the Residential College will be able to participate in weekly study groups led by a study group facilitator who made an A in the class during a previous semester.


Faculty-in-Residence

Ivan Ojeda-Ruiz

My name is Dr. Iván Ojeda-Ruiz and I am the Faculty-in-Residence for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Residential College. I am a Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Texas State University. I obtained my Ph.D. in Numerical Linear Algebra from the University of Texas at Arlington and my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. I’m originally from Puerto Rico and I have interest in many fields including music, art, science, philosophy and politics. I have done research as an undergraduate student in many different STEM fields such as geometry, experimental mathematics, number theory, group theory, human computer interaction, and in chemistry. I am in love with everything that has to do with science!

I consider anything I do outside of the academy as a hobby. Drawing has been one of my passions since I was a kid and I still love doing it. I also love to dance salsa and I have been working on getting better as a dancer, so I have also learned some other forms of dance. I know how to play the guitar and I’ve been learning to play the cuatro (a string instrument national from Puerto Rico). I also like to run, I completed a half-marathon a few years ago. I play video games competitively, particularly Super Smash Bros. Melee, and I have traveled several times to compete at national level.

I’m very excited to be part of the STEM Residential College. Helping science students achieve their goals is one of the most satisfactory parts of my job and as a Faculty-in-Residence I will be able to focus more on this. I believe the processes behind science are very important concepts to understand but they don’t mean anything if we cannot share it with a community. My goal is to create a strong community foundation for the students in the Residential College.

 


Course Connections

Based on their major within the College of Science and Engineering, students will enroll in the following courses together.

Fall Semester: Biology, Microbiology, Aquatic Biology, Wildlife Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry majors

  • Biology 1330
  • Biology 1130

OR

  • Chemistry 1341
  • Chemistry 1141

AND

  • Communications 1310
  • Philosophy 1320

Spring Semester: Biology, Microbiology, Aquatic Biology, Wildlife Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry majors

  • Biology 1331
  • Biology 1131

OR

  • Chemistry 1342
  • Chemistry 1142

 

Fall Semester: Engineering, Computer Science, Math, and Physics majors

  • Chemistry 1341

OR

  • Chemistry 1335

OR

  • Computer Science 1428 + lab

AND

  • Chemistry 1141

AND

  • Math 2471
  • Communications 1310
  • Philosophy 1320

Spring Semester: Engineering, Computer Science, Math, and Physics majors

  • Math 2472

AND

  • Physics 1430