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PLTW Project Lead The Way


Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice. Since the 1930’s, the institution has emphasized excellence in science education, with the first two American Benedictine monks to earn PhDs from secular universities founding the biology department. Other monks followed, earning degrees in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Today the College of Science serves nearly 1000 majors in these fields, along with programs in computer science, biochemistry molecular biology, engineering science, and a range of allied health degrees. From the beginning, science teaching involved students in hands-on learning, including strong involvement in research programs. Today’s faculty builds on this foundation through active learning in the classrooms, course-based research projects, and traditional research lab experiences, training graduates with excellent knowledge and skills. Students and faculty regularly present and win awards at national and international scientific meetings. Student clubs assist students in discovering career pathways, with many focused on careers in health care. The research and industry resources of Chicago provide students with internships and external research placements to enhance their college experiences. PLTW students receive special consideration for competitive COS scholarships, like the Birck-Tellabs Scholarship, and honors programs such as the Jurica Scholars Program.

Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Associate Dean
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Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Science & Health
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Tonia Rucker
Senior Assistant to the Dean
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Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-1933