Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Nguyen, Ph.D. was recently awarded an Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellowship through Iowa Campus Compact, a coalition aimed at advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities.
As a fellow in the program, Dr. Nguyen will participate in professional workshops and events over the course of a year and will receive a stipend to foster a civic engagement project on campus. The details of the project will be presented at the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit or another Iowa Campus Compact network opportunity.
Dr. Nguyen plans to utilize the stipend to continue science education outreach to local elementary schools through Science Fun Night and CheMMUsical. These endeavors encourage Mount Mercy undergraduate students to connect with young learners through the excitement of hands-on science experiments.
“Participating in the fellowship will help me interact with more colleagues across the state, so we can share successful ideas with each other,” said Dr. Nguyen. “Having similar science outreach efforts throughout the state of Iowa will create a lasting, positive change in science education.”