Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, will discuss the importance of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during a forum to be held next month in St. Louis.
Schrader is part of a panel titled “STEM: Growing Innovation in St. Louis,” which will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, May 23, at the Living World at Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive in St. Louis. She will be joined by Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development; Sharon Frazee, vice president of research and analysis at Express Scripts in St. Louis; and Kevin Token, senior director at BSA LifeStructures in St. Louis. Dr. Terry Brewer, president of Brewer Science in Rolla, will introduce the panel.
“There is a growing need for talented and highly skilled STEM workers in St. Louis and beyond,” Schrader says. “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Missouri alone will have an additional 143,000 STEM jobs to fill by 2018. The key to meeting this increased demand is higher education, and there is a direct connection between the STEM work force and the state’s economic growth.”
The event is free, but reservations are requested by May 19. Register online or call the St. Louis Business Journal at 314-421-6200.