Successes of our science students
An area of excellence defined by outcomes
As with so many aspects of the University, our reputation is built on the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. The evolution of our science programs into an area of excellence is perhaps the best example
Faculty and Students Collaborating on Research
The willingness of faculty to collaborate with students on research projects has had a measurable impact. More than 50% of students in the sciences, technology,engineering, and mathematics (STEM) participate in research; 45% of these students wrote a formal thesis; 38% of these students authored or coauthored a publication and/or conference paper.
A Pipeline for Doctoral Degrees in the Sciences
The outcomes from this way of educating students are impressive. Data from the 2008 NSF Survey on Earned Doctorates provides information substantiating that Scranton continues with this strong record. In 2006, the most recent year reported, Scranton ranked 9th of 568 masters institutions that reported data for alumni who earned doctoral degrees in the life sciences, and 37th of 568 in the physical sciences. Based on enrollment trends during this period, an estimated 1 in 10 graduates in the sciences went on to earn doctoral degrees.
One of Scranton's strongest selling points is our success in preparing graduates for successful careers as medicine and healthcare. Of the 353 senior applicants to medical schools over the last nine years, an average of 81% were accepted - well above the national acceptance rate average. With more than 1,700 medical alumni, Scranton graduates remain engaged with current students through symposia, activities and service projects sponsored by the Medical Alumni Council.