Campaign Focus: Academic Excellence
Conceptual illustration for an expanded Cornelia Hall – rear view
Future global economic prosperity will depend on student success in the fields of science and technology. Colleges that dedicate resources to their science and technology curricula today will prepare alumni to succeed for years to come.
As recently as 2012, across all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, job postings outnumbered job seekers by almost 2-to-1. The number of jobs requiring a STEM background is expected to grow 17 percent in the next few years, far faster than the 10 percent growth projected for overall employment.
The expansion and renovation of Cornelia Hall, currently used for some of Iona’s science and technology programs, will bring together faculty, students and resources from the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and mathematics in one of the College’s most historic structures. The newly expanded and renovated facility will provide open spaces for multipurpose collaborative laboratories and technologically advanced classrooms.
At Iona, five key and interconnected science and technology departments have outgrown their facilities. Currently spread out among many buildings, science students lack opportunities for interaction, with each other and their professors. A renovated science building, nearly doubling the space available today in Cornelia Hall, will promote interdisciplinary education, collaboration and problem-solving to address 21st century challenges.
The enhanced facilities will expand faculty-mentored research and increase eligibility for externally funded grant opportunities. The new teaching and research laboratories will promote interdisciplinary education, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A renovated science facility will ultimately result in regional, national and international visibility for Iona and
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Iona has a strong program in the sciences and technology, but we clearly need to keep moving forward not only to keep up with the field, but to become innovators in the STEM field. Bringing together our STEM disciplines is important when offering our students the best education possible.”
Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., Dean, School of Arts & Science
“At Iona College, every student has the opportunity from the start to do research and work together as a team. Students develop creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Iona is a very tight-knit community – we know every student, as well as what their strengths are and what they’re looking to achieve. So the advising happens early on, not just during their senior year. As a result, they’re prepared when they reach graduation. Science is always changing, so we must not focus on teaching ‘the answer’ so much as how we arrive at the answers. We are going to have to come up with ways to deliver knowledge and keep students engaged in tough science.”
Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry Department Chair