April 19, 2011
Saint Anselm College has entered into a new agreement with the University of Notre Dame in which Saint Anselm students who major in science-related fields can enroll in the university's ESTEEM graduate program.
ESTEEM stands for Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master's, which combines technical work with training and mentoring in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Students who pursue the ESTEEM option complete their undergraduate degree at Saint Anselm and then spend a year at Notre Dame earning a Master's of Science in Entrepreneurship. These students may apply for admission following their junior year at Saint Anselm. In order to be considered, they must have a 3.0 grade point average during six undergraduate semesters and be on track to graduate.
This is the second academic partnership between Saint Anselm and Notre Dame. For 50 years, the five-year cooperative engineering program has allowed students to earn a bachelor's of arts degree from Saint Anselm and an engineering degree from the university's school of engineering.
The ESTEEM program aims to match technological innovation with business know-how. Students are encouraged to develop solutions to pressing problems, and establish a business that can bring these solutions to market.
Notre Dame established ESTEEM, in part, to help foment economic development in South Bend, Ind., home of Notre Dame, said Ian Durham, associate professor and chair of physics at Saint Anselm. He hopes that, in a similar way, Saint Anselm's involvement in the program can direct innovation and business development to the Manchester area.
Students can start developing their master's projects while still at Saint Anselm, and perhaps return to the area once they complete the program at Notre Dame, Durham said. In addition, Durham expects that student projects will encourage joint research among Saint Anselm and Notre Dame faculty.
"The key word to me is 'innovation,' "he said. "This country needs innovators and this program helps develop them. Personally, I think a liberal arts college is the perfect place for the undergraduate portion of this because innovation requires 'big picture thinkers' and that's what liberal arts colleges are supposed to produce. True innovation requires a broad background."