Do you host middle and high school students on campus? You are advancing SEM Goal 2.5

To successfully advance our new SEM 2025 Plan, we need engagement campus-wide. We want to grow our student body and see greater student success through improved retention and more equity for our underserved students.

Check out the featured strategy this week to see if it aligns with work in your area:

Strategy 2.5 Provide and support high impact opportunities for middle/high school students in the community and beyond

Idea for the classroom: Partner with Wichita State’s Admissions Office to schedule lab tours or classroom experiences for visiting high school students (i.e. Black and Yellow Days). For more information, contact

Ideas beyond the classroom: Host a high school conference or summer camp experience; Partner with pre-college TRIO, Gear Up, or Upward Bound or USD 259 AVID programs to develop college success skills. For more information, contact

Shout outs to:

  • Dr. Catherine Searle, Dr. Yueh-Ju Lin, Dr. Yuan Liu, Dr. Mai Dao, WSU Mathematics, for their work on Sonia Kovalevsky Day
  • Erin Shields, College of Engineering, for Project Lead the Way
  • Dr. Alexandra Middlewood, WSU Political Science, for their model United Nations conference
  • Jill Fisher, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for their Science Olympiad
  • Dr. Moriah Beck, Chemistry, for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Rocks
  • Dr. Tamtam Perlekar, Engineering Technology, for the MindStorm competition
  • Dr. Steven Skinner, College of Engineering, for Kansas BEST Robotics
  • Ana Lazarin, College of Engineering, for engineering summer camps
  • Dr. Tim Shade, Dr. Ryan Beeken, Dr. Mark Laycock, College of Fine Arts, for their local, regional and national clinician workshops for the performing arts
  • Sabrina Vasquez,  WSU Dance, for the Children’s Dance Festival
  • Dr. Mark Vermillion, Sports Management, for the Student Leadership Program with USD 259
  • Dr. Peer Moore-Jansen, Department of Anthropology, tours of the anthropology bone lab
  • Dr. Jessica Provines, Counseling and Preventions Services, for the WeSupportU campaign at Bishop Carroll High School
  • Travis Yang, WSU e-sports, for hosting e-sporting events for local teams

For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Shaw at 316- 978-7130