Professors receive Transamerica grant to fund ExploreU program

Professors Elizabeth Kleiman and Jitka Stehnova from Mount Mercy University’s Department of Natural and Applied Sciences recently received a financial grant from the Aegon Transamerica Foundation. The grant will help fund ExploreU, Mount Mercy’s week-long summer camp for middle school girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions.

Dr. Kleiman, assistant professor of computer science, and Dr. Stehnova, assistant professor of mathematics will use the Transamerica grant for the 2015 ExploreU camp—helping cover costs for the technology involved, the mentors and the scholarships awarded to select participants.

ExploreU covers topics in computer science and mathematics, including the Fibonacci sequence, fractals and prime numbers, among other subjects. The program also uses a daily treasure hunt to give attendees an opportunity to apply their learned skills in tangible, rewarding ways. Students who attend are encouraged to work together and use reason to learn to solve the problems they face.

Next year’s ExploreU dates will be announced in December 2014. If you are interested in learning more about the program and how you can get involved, visit

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