The SSU Sonoma Mountain Connection (SMC) project, as part of a larger proposal to the Koret Foundation, has been awarded $1 million over 4 years. SMC is a program for STEM students with the aim to reduce the dropout rate for first-time, first-year STEM majors by giving them outdoor research experiences. The program started in Fall 2020 with a cohort of first year Biology students. It will expand in Fall 2021 to include a cohort of computer science majors.
The CS department hopes to adapt the successful SMC program piloted by the Biology department, for its students: crafting a relevant research immersion experience drawing from resources at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, cohorting program students in major classes and labs, and enrichmnent experiences through a set of parallel seminar courses. Dr. Shubbhi Taneja heads the CS subcommittee leading this SMC project expansion to include CS majors.