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Thomas College Receives Davis Educational Foundation Grant for Information Age Academic Project  MacKenzie Riley Young | June 6, 2022

WATERVILLE, MAINE, June 2022 — Thomas College is proud to announce that it has been awarded a three-year $135,000 grant by the Davis Educational Foundation to support new approaches to scientific and quantitative literacy. 

Funding from the grant on “Mathematics, Science and Methodology in the Information Age” will provide lab equipment and faculty support for Thomas College to build a new, interdisciplinary six-credit general education course that incorporates science, math, and communication skills.

“This course is an exciting opportunity to prepare students for careers where they know how to gather, analyze, and present data that is accurate and informs good decision-making. These are critical skills in this age of information overload,” said Thomas College Provost Thomas Edwards.

Featuring hands-on lab activities, the course will be team-taught by faculty from different math and science disciplines. Students will generate data, learn how to analyze their results, and then develop effective presentation skills to communicate their results to a lay audience.

Dr. Allison Moloney, one of the authors of the grant and Thomas College science professor, said, “This course is going to be a really great way to give students a peak behind the curtain to the process of science. It won’t be about picture-perfect hands-on demonstrations of things we already know. It’s about asking your own questions, designing your own experiments, trouble shooting in real time, then the students themselves get to interpret what it all means. It can get messy and complex but that’s what makes it so fun!”

The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

About Thomas College: Thomas College has been preparing students for success in their personal and professional lives for over 125 years. Thomas College nurtures the unique potential within each student. Our Guaranteed Job Program, 3-year accelerated offerings in all undergraduate degrees, individualized advising, career counseling, and our Innovation Centers in Business and Education meet a student’s determination to succeed with the direction, confidence, and tools to realize the highest version of themselves. Our graduate degree offerings fit your lifestyle ranging from in-person and on-campus to 100% online degree programs. From the classroom to community activities, or on the athletics field with our 19 varsity sports, Thomas College provides a personalized experience that prepares you for the workplace of tomorrow. U.S. News & World Report ranks us #1 among colleges in Maine and #10 in the Northeast for social mobility of our graduates. For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley Young at pr@thomas.edu or 207-859-1313. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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