Message from the Dean
Building Excellence in Science and Technology
The Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) program at Keene State College is designed to help you succeed, whether you’ve always known you were interested in the sciences or whether you’re just realizing the sciences might be the path for you.
Poverty, inequality, homelessness, voter enfranchisement, and global climate change. These are just some of the most pressing concerns facing the world today. And these are the issues that engage our students and faculty in the School of Sciences and Social Sciences every day.
Education is an active process – our students learn through research, service learning, and active citizenship. We emphasize critical thinking and creative problem solving as a way to approach any challenge. We challenge and support diverse learners and encourage strong relationships among our students, our faculty and our staff. We’ll look at every topic from a global perspective, and discover ways to promote social justice, environmental sustainability, and active collaboration with our community partners. We aim to make a difference, for our students and the world--and we do. More about Message from the Dean
How livable is your community? Three students from Keene State received the Association of American Geographers Best International Undergraduate Student Paper Award for 2013 for their work in creating an assessment tool to measure one local town’s appeal. More about Students Receive Award for Community Project
Mark Newton, KSC Class of 1987, knows something about the intersection of sustainability and social responsibility. In fact, he may have paved the road that got us there. Read more about a career that had its beginnings in the chemistry labs at Keene State College and a stop in the vice president’s role at Timberland Corporation. More about Alumni Are Breaking New Ground
She’s got a passion for passionflowers. Dr. Kristen Porter-Utley’s research is helping to untangle the more than 560 species of vines and trees of the Decaloba Passiflora. She is the recipient of the 2013 Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship Award at Keene State College. More about Keene State Faculty With a Passion for Research
Areas of Study
Biodiesel can power our vehicles—even heavy equipment—and heat our homes. It's renewable—it can be made from things we grow: from soybeans to algae, and from the millions of gallons of waste vegetable oil from all those fry-o-lators in restaurants and fast-food joints around the country. Biodiesel spill? No problem—it's biodegradeable...
Everybody knows it: Playing violent video games makes you more aggressive and violent, right? Well, not really, according to Norman Valley , a junior and psychology/sociology double major who spent last summer studying that very idea thanks to a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant.
Since he was a freshman...
After spending 10 grueling years as a plumber and suffering three fairly significant injuries, Charles Stoll decided he needed a change of direction—something a little more rewarding and less physically taxing. So he enrolled at Keene State, thinking he'd pursue a career in engineering or business management.
But, even for...