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National Science Foundation hosts veterans’ STEM think tank through UMKC

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently sponsored Transition STEM — a veterans’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education think tank — through UMKC. The invitation-only event convened national leaders to help veterans with service-connected disabilities transition into post-secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Transition STEM attendees discuss how to help veterans with service-connected disabilities transition into post-secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Transition STEM attendees discuss how to help veterans with service-connected disabilities transition into post-secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

NSF chose to sponsor this conference through UMKC because of the university’s commitment to educating veterans in STEM. Hosting the event were the UMKC Institute for Human Development and School of Computing and Engineering, as well as their NSF-funded program — “Building an Alliance for New Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (KC-BANCS): A Collaborative Model for the Inclusion of Youth and Veterans with Disabilities“.

Military Times EDGE magazine ranks UMKC as one of the 101 best colleges for veterans. The magazine based its rankings on financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services.

Examples of UMKC’s commitment to veterans include the Student Veterans Virtual Resource Center; UMKC Student Veterans Organization; School of Computing and Engineering and Institute for Human Development programs, such as KC-BANCS; SCE’s membership in the Society of American Military Engineers — Greater Kansas City Post; Doctor of Pharmacy Satellite Programs; Yellow Ribbon Program; and the processing of Missouri Returning Heroes awards.


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