AS A PLAYER in America’s race to compete globally in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, one of five university initiatives, Cal State Fullerton has increased efforts to get more students interested in pursuing STEM degrees and careers. Scientists, educators and engineers have long been credited with creating new industries as well as preparing students in the STEM fields. This is the aim of the university's myriad programs, instruction, activities and research. The following are a few examples.

labGrants Boost STEM StudyTwo grants, totaling nearly $12 million over the next five years, have been awarded to the univeristy to further STEM education efforts on campus.

Belinda KargeTransition to Teaching
Belinda Dunnick Karge is leading Project AIMS: Autism, Inclusion, Mathematics Core and Science Innovation, which has been awarded a federal grant.

Kiran GeorgeHigh-Tech and High-ImpactKiran George and his computer engineering students are working on research projects using a “super computer” focused on advancing digital receiver technology.

stem cellsTraining Future Researchers
Ten students inaugurated the Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program, a 14-month program that focuses on training and producing skilled stem cell researchers.

daniel choiHelping At-Risk Youths Pursue Teaching CareersDaniel S. Choi is leading the Teacher Pathway Partnership, a program that focuses on expanding higher education opportunities for at-risk youth.

pumpkinPumpkin Launch: A Smashing Hit
Gourds streaked across the sky, launched from handmade catapults, slingshots and other engineering-related devices at the fourth annual Pumpkin Launch.

proetein dnaOn The Hunt for a Missing ProteinMath Cuajungco and his students are working on research that potentially could improve the quality of life for people with a rare inherited disorder.