When NASA astronauts first walked on the moon in 1969, eight-year-old Pamela Melroy was watching. Very few people who saw the Eagle land have forgotten the sight, but for Pam, the experience was more than awe-inspiring-it changed the course of her life.
“When I learned science, it was through doing sets of experiments, like following recipes out of a cookbook,” recalls Dr. Cindy Norton, Endowed Professor in the Sciences at the St. Catherine University in Minnesota. “Over the past 15 years, things have changed, though,” she adds. “Science is now more inquiry based and more relevant to students.”
Today more women are attending college than men; many older, nontraditional students are earning degrees while raising families; and financial aid, scholarships, federal loan programs, and changed policies have opened collegiate doors for students of all income levels and cultural backgrounds.