Why Science at Wesleyan?

Science Fact #1 

Young Faculty Successful with NSF CAREER Awards

In the past decade, Wesleyan’s science faculty have been awarded 14 grants under NSF’s and NIH’s Faculty Early Career Development(CAREER) Program. These are the most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of “teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.”

Science Fact #2

Wesleyan Tops in Graduates Pursuing Science Doctorates

In the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates, during the three-, five-, and ten-year periods ending in 2006 (the most recent data available), Wesleyan ranks in the top third of baccalaureate colleges in the numbers of students going on to obtain the Ph.D. degree in the sciences. According to the 2002 to 2006 Survey of Earned Doctorates, women accounted for 60 percent of the doctorates received by Wesleyan alumni/ae in the sciences (calculated including psychology) and earned 53 percent of the doctorates in the sciences when psychology was excluded. In all sciences combined (including psychology), women account for a great proportion of doctorates earned by Wesleyan alumni/ae than by alumni/ae from research universities.

Science Fact #3

HHMI: Two Decades of Life Science Support

Wesleyan has been awarded six consecutive grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. HHMI has supported our undergraduate life science program since 1988.

Science Fact #4

Faculty Rank #1 in Publications

The H-index is a measure of research publication rate and impact that factors in both number of research papers and the number of times those papers are cited in the literature.


Science Fact #5

Sole Liberal Arts College Home to NIH Training Program

Wesleyan has received six grants from the NIH to support a Molecular Biophysics Predoctoral Research Training Program. We are the sole undergraduate liberal arts college to receive this support among research universities such as Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, Duke University, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Science Fact #6

High Acceptance Rates to Medical School

For the classes entering between 2005 and 2009, Wesleyan graduates with overall grade point averages of 3.5 or above have acceptance rates ranging from 82 percent to 89 percent to medical school. Many of them have been accepted at the most prestigious medical schools in the country, including Albert Einstein, Dartmouth Medical School, Emory University, Harvard University, University of California-San Francisco, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Wesleyan graduates are currently enrolled in MD-PhD programs at Albert Einstein, Duke University, New York University, Tufts University, University of Chicago-Pritzker, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Washington, and in veterinary medicine programs at Tufts University, Cornell University, and University of Pennsylvania.

Science Fact #7

According to National Science Foundation (NSF) data on federal funding, we rank first among our liberal arts peers in federal grants for science.

Federal Science Funding