Supporting Math and Science

When U-M education major Sophia Wensman was selected for the J. Franklin Hyde Scholarship, she never imagined that her minor in chemistry would become her new career focus. “Through my summer internship at Dow Corning, I realized that the depth (versus breadth) of education is where learning really comes in,” said Wensman, now an earth/space science and chemistry double major through the School of Education. “My experience working at Dow Corning helped reinforce my belief that hands-on work is a key component in helping students learn science.” U-M and Dow Corning launched the Hyde Scholarship Program in an effort to impact—and turnaround—the decline in math and science literacy among K-12 students. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate elementary or secondary education students with a major in math or science. Awardees are also given the opportunity to complete a 10-week summer internship at Dow; Wensman interned in the Analytical Sciences Department, comparing NMR, IR, and GC functionality for measuring SiVi and SiH levels. “The Dow Corning gift to the School of Education is exceptionally unique and forward-thinking,” said Bob Bain, associate professor, School of Education. “It clearly demonstrates an understanding of the impact a teacher can have on their students by enabling them to see the ways scientific discovery and knowledge can improve lives. This is a gift that will keep on giving.” In addition to her studies, Wensman is currently a part-time student teacher at Saline Middle School, helping her class learn about waves and earthquakes through building models and simulated earthquakes. Hands-on, indeed.

Impact

$40,000 annual support for four undergraduate secondary education juniors and seniors with a major in math or science. Students also have the option of completing a 10-week paid summer internship at Dow Corning.

Campus Partners

Business Engagement School of Education