Dean’s Message

While commencement marked the conclusion of their UNG student experience, for the Class of 2021, graduation does not, necessarily, mark the start of their careers. That may sound surprising, yet, for College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) students, their careers actually begin with their admission to UNG where they begin amassing skills and experiences that help define their futures. Students across our campuses are taught by remarkable faculty, inspired by alumni and mentored by business leaders – all providing an education and leadership mindset that fuels their careers.

Despite the challenges we all faced this year, our success in preparing the next generation of scientists and mathematicians is thriving. As we did in spring semester, our summer academic sessions will be conducted via  hybrid in-person and virtual formats. UNG plans to resume normal operations in the fall with in-person instruction and student activities.

We have good news for potential UNG undergraduates. Due to current circumstances, UNG suspended the summer and fall regular admission deadlines as we continue to work with students who wish to apply. We are closely monitoring class availability on each campus to best serve student needs. We encourage all interested students to apply as soon as possible. Those interested in undergraduate admission are invited to Go Virtual! and learn about our admissions process.

In addition to the numerous stories in this edition of Momentum, I’m proud to share how gifts and grants from three families and the University System of Georgia (USG) are making an impact on our College. During spring semester, we offered the newly designed transdisciplinary STEM lab,  which now involves freshmen and sophomores in high-impact undergraduate research much earlier in their academic careers. We are grateful for grants from the USG STEM IV Initiative and the John and Mary Franklin Foundation, which made the new STEM lab a reality.

  • Dr. Jill Schulze, interim associate dean, received a $1,000 grant from the Lois and Lucy Lampkin Foundation to enrich the experience of a first-generation STEM students on the Oconee campus through high impact practices, such as undergraduate research. The scholarship will be divided between a first-generation STEM student, who will conduct undergraduate research, and an experienced STEM student, who will serve as their peer mentor, providing rich learning experiences for both students. 

In addition, be sure to read this issue’s story about the new Shreiber Scholarship. We are grateful for the powerful support of our alumni, donors, community, education and business partners. We appreciate your leadership inspiring future scientists and mathematicians who are proud to be UNG alumni. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on programs, achievements and new opportunities. As always, your participation in our programs is important to our students, our faculty and to me. Please reach out and let’s explore how you can make a difference, now.

Thank you,

John Leyba, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics