Bryn Mawr students majoring in math and science now have an opportunity to earn a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science with only one additional year of study.
Called the Four Plus One partnership, the agreement will be made official at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, April 25.
"Thanks to this agreement, our students will have the ability to transition smoothly from Bryn Mawr to Penn Engineering, where they can work with renowned faculty who are dedicated to significant advancements in science and technology," says Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe.
"Bryn Mawr has a long tradition of producing top female scientists and mathematicians that goes back to our founding as the first U.S. women's college to offer graduate education through the Ph.D. This agreement will allow us to continue that tradition by increasing the number of Bryn Mawr students entering a field in which women remain underrepresented," McAuliffe adds.
Through this partnership, Bryn Mawr students with necessary backgrounds, majors, and a strong academic record may apply after their sophomore year to a master's program at Penn Engineering.
"This partnership with Bryn Mawr further solidifies the strong ties Penn Engineering continues to foster with peer institutions and is another important pathway for increasing access to an excellent engineering education," says Eduardo Glandt, dean of Penn Engineering.
As part of the Quaker Consortium, students at Bryn Mawr may already take classes at Penn that count toward their undergraduate degrees at no additional cost. During the 2011-12 academic year, Bryn Mawr students enrolled in 212 courses at Penn.
Bryn Mawr Math, Science, and Technology at a Glance:
- Bryn Mawr is ranked 12th among all U.S. colleges and universities in terms of the percentage of female graduates who go on to pursue doctorates in the STEM Fields.
- Bryn Mawr undergraduates are six times more likely to major in chemistry than all college students nationwide; twelve times more likely to major in math; and 16 times more likely to major in physics.
- Bryn Mawr's math department just received the annual award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department.
- Bryn Mawr's computer science department is home to the Institute for Personal Robots in Education, a joint effort by Bryn Mawr and Georgia Tech sponsored by Microsoft Research.
- In total, Bryn Mawr faculty are currently engaged in 21 NSF and five NIH funded research projects.