Message from the Dean
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 a dynamic 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.
- Our students in the sciences have been participating in summer research through a statewide grant funded by the National Institutes of Health through Dartmouth College (Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence: NH-INBRE) http://www.keene.edu/grants/nhinbre.cfm. These opportunities have led to exceptional employment and graduate/professional school placements—and great job placements in biotech/research labs for our students.
- Other students have traveled to Costa Rica for a summer field course through the Organization for Tropical Studies, the premier Tropical Biology program.
- Environmental Studies Senior Seminar students completed natural resource inventories now being used in the City of Keene parks and recreation master planning process. Our programs are relatively small and guarantee lots of personal attention that can support each student no matter where they are in their educational journey.
- In the social sciences, students traveled to Rwanda with a professor in sociology to study that country’s recovery from genocide.
- A student worked on “hope” as a factor in health and illness with a well-published faculty member in psychology.
- Management students continue to serve on corporate teams in the local United Way campaign
- KSC student teams regularly win top prizes in the Small Business Institute national meeting award competition.
This emphasis on engaged learning—undergraduate research, community based service learning, internships, capstone course projects, and related activities—are hallmarks of a Keene State education in general and the School of Sciences and Social Sciences in particular. Experience shows that students engaged in these activities have greater success in college and beyond.