As a part of the generous $10 million gift from George Haddix, PhD, MA’66, and his wife Susan to the College of Arts and Sciences last fall, the Haddix STEM Corridor Program was created to promote diversity in STEM education and retain the best and brightest STEM students in Omaha. The program engages high school students from Omaha North, Omaha Central and Omaha South in summer research experiences with faculty at Creighton University, fostering their pursuit of STEM interests, degrees and careers. This summer marked the first year for the program with 15 students collaborating on research with 13 Creighton faculty in 10 different departments.
The students spent the equivalent of eight weeks contributing to projects organized by Creighton faculty members who also served as academic mentors. Students were assigned individual projects that aligned with their expressed STEM area of interest and were paid a generous stipend for their efforts.
Students were introduced to the daily routine of academic research work, which emphasizes the development of foundational laboratory skills. They attended program seminars on STEM careers and actively participated in group research discussions. At the end of their summer experience, each student gave a poster presentation about his or her project during the final Haddix STEM Corridor Program Symposium held in August. An important part of the program is the opportunity for students to continue their studies at Creighton. The Haddix gift also includes competitive scholarship support allowing the students to continue on their pathway to making exciting discoveries and creating new knowledge.