Co-Integrate Mathematics Seminar: Kristen Renn, Robin Rennie, R. Sekhar Chivukula


Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


252 Erickson Hall

The Dow STEM Scholars Program

Robin Rennie, Director, Dow STEM Success Program

R. Sekhar Chivukula, Associate Dean, College of Natural Science

Kris Renn, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Director for Student Success Initiatives

The Dow STEM Scholars Program provides academic and social support services to incoming MSU students who want to pursue a STEM major and place into Intermediate College Algebra - Math 1825 on the MSU Math Placement Exam. The Dow STEM Scholars Program focuses on assisting students' transition into college and on developing the skills needed to pursue a STEM degree. The program gives students with academic potential the opportunity to surround themselves with a positive group of fellow Spartans who are motivated to earn a STEM degree. In this talk we will describe the origin of the program, accomplishments during the first year, and plans for the future.  

About the speakers:
R. R. Sekhar Chivukula is a Professor of Physics in the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since 2010, Chivukula has served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the MSU College of Natural Science. In this role he organizes faculty development programs, oversee policies for college reappointment, promotion, and tenure, faculty search and mentoring, and implements college policies for teaching evaluation, faculty annual evaluation and workload, and faculty development.

Dr. Chivukula's research focuses on the theory of electroweak symmetry breaking and on the phenomenological implications of theories beyond the standard model of particle physics. He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and is committed to incorporating active learning in all of his classes.

Kristen Renn is professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education (HALE) in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. She is also Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director for Student Success Initiatives, providing leadership for MSU's Neighborhood Engagement student success initiative. She teaches courses related to student development, diversity and equity, and higher education foundations in the Student Affairs Administration MA program and the HALE MA and PhD programs.

Dr. Renn's research interests include student success and persistence, identity and identity development in higher education; mixed race college students; women in higher education in the US and global contexts; new professionals in student affairs; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in higher education.

Robin Rennie is the Director of the Dow Scholars Program. She has worked in higher education for almost 40 years, first at Northern Illinois University, then the University of Michigan joining Michigan State University in 2010. Her experiences include academic advising, the recruitment and retention of STEM students, and program development and implementation.  She holds a Masters in Education from Eastern Michigan University with a specialization in counseling for higher education.